Chamber Music

Overview

A vital part of the Classical Division curriculum at USC Thornton, the Chamber Music program promotes a dedication to the life-long skill of collaboration, both musically and interpersonally. Students delve into a rich repertoire of chamber music spanning the classical composers to the present, with ensembles forming organically and under the guidance of faculty. There are ample opportunities for coachings, masterclasses and performances, including a bi-annual Chamber Music Festival.

Students are encouraged to develop their performance skills both on-campus and beyond, at venues including the Midnight Mission, Doheny Mansion, the Annenberg Beach House, and the annual “Stars of Tomorrow from the USC Thornton School” community concert series. Each year, USC Thornton students are also selected to perform in a French chamber music festival.

Eminent artists, including the Orion String Quartet, violinists Pamela Frank and Arnold Steinhardt, violist Michael Tree, cellists Clive Greensmith and Paul Katz, and composer Thomas Adès, have presented seminars and masterclasses for Chamber Music students. And the program will welcome Emmy-winning actor, director, screenwriter Alan Alda for a special workshop in 2018.

Karen Dreyfus
Director, Chamber Music Program

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Spotlights

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Upcoming events

  • Chamber Music Masterclass with Pamela Frank

    Renowned violinist Pamela Frank, who joins the USC Thornton Strings faculty for a one-year appointment beginning in the fall of 2018, presents a masterclass in chamber music performance, offering guidance to advanced ensembles in the Strings program.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Paderewski Lecture-Recital: The Sounds of Independence

    The Polish Music Center celebrates 100 years of Polish independence with a collaborative lecture performance of music composed between World War I and II, featuring the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, the Quadrophonic String Quartet, and guest lecturer, musicology professor Lisa Cooper Vest. The colorful program will explore how Poland’s return to the map of Europe in 1918 opened the doors for a period of intense cultural flourishing.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings Showcase: Chamber Music Performance

    USC Thornton Strings students collaborate to explore the wide-ranging chamber music repertoire.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Winds & Percussion

    As part of a three-day festival, USC Thornton’s Winds & Percussion students present an afternoon of chamber music under the direction of Kristy Morrell. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: WINDS & PERCUSSION - Monday, Nov. 26 at 2PM & 4:30PM VOCAL ARTS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 5:30PM STRINGS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30PM & Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5PM & 7:30PM

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Winds & Percussion

    As part of a three-day festival, USC Thornton’s Winds & Percussion students present an afternoon of chamber music under the direction of Kristy Morrell. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: WINDS & PERCUSSION - Monday, Nov. 26 at 2PM & 4:30PM VOCAL ARTS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 5:30PM STRINGS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30PM & Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5PM & 7:30PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Vocal Arts

    As part of a three-day festival, Lisa Sylvester leads USC Thornton Vocal Arts students and instrumentalists in an evening of vocal chamber works from across the centuries. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: WINDS & PERCUSSION - Monday, Nov. 26 at 2PM & 4:30PM VOCAL ARTS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 5:30PM STRINGS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30PM & Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5PM & 7:30PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Lina Bahn leads USC Thornton Strings students in a survey of iconic chamber works as part of a three-day festival. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: WINDS & PERCUSSION - Monday, Nov. 26 at 2PM & 4:30PM VOCAL ARTS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 5:30PM STRINGS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30PM & Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5PM & 7:30PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Lina Bahn leads USC Thornton Strings students in a survey of iconic chamber works as part of a three-day festival. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: WINDS & PERCUSSION - Monday, Nov. 26 at 2PM & 4:30PM VOCAL ARTS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 5:30PM STRINGS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30PM & Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5PM & 7:30PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Lina Bahn leads USC Thornton Strings students in a survey of iconic chamber works as part of a three-day festival. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: WINDS & PERCUSSION - Monday, Nov. 26 at 2PM & 4:30PM VOCAL ARTS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 5:30PM STRINGS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30PM & Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5PM & 7:30PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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    Student chamber duo wins prizes in Boulder

    February 22, 2017

    Cellist Coleman Itzkoff and pianist Alin Melik-Adamyan (’12, MM ’14, piano), who perform as the Amicus Duo, recently earned top prizes at the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, winning second prize overall and a special prize for best performance of Arthur Gottschalk’s Some Assembly Required. The USC Thornton student duo… read more

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