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.