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 regular 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 at the Rencontres franco-américaines de Musique de Chambre festival in the beautiful French countryside.

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. The program welcomed Emmy-winning actor, director, screenwriter Alan Alda for a special workshop in 2018.

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Upcoming events

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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 winter festival.

    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 winter festival.

    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 winter festival.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Classical Guitar

    USC Thornton Classical Guitar students present an evening of chamber music for guitar as part of a winter festival.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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    USC Thornton faculty and alumni enter GRAMMY Award consideration

    October 9, 2019

    A number of Thornton faculty and alumni have entered consideration for GRAMMY award nominations. Jazz Studies faculty member Sara Gazarek’s album Thirsty Ghost is up for consideration in multiple categories including Best Jazz Vocal Album. Alumnus Gernot Wolfgang’s (GCRT ’94) chamber music album, Vienna and the West, was entered in… read more

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