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The USC Thornton strings department is a nationally distinguished top-tier program. Its eminent artist-teachers are distinguished in both individual instruction and coaching for chamber music. Exceptional standards of professionalism in performance and teaching have been upheld for more than a century by a faculty that has included Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky and William Primrose. Students studying strings will have the opportunity to participate in the varied, professional-level performance groups on campus, including the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and many prize-winning chamber ensembles.

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  • USC Thornton Symphony: Concerto Night

    Guest conductor David Lockington leads the USC Thornton Symphony in Concerto Night, featuring outstanding student soloists on clarinet, cello, and piano. Yasmina Spiegelberg performs Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A minor (K.622), Gabriel Martins performs Hindemith's Violoncello Concerto, and Vijay Venkatesh performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58. This concert will be live-streamed to the USC Thornton website on Friday, February 24th. Visit music.usc.edu/livestream

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Chamber Music Masterclass with Clive Greensmith

    Cellist Clive Greensmith, a former member of the Tokyo String Quartet, leads a masterclass with some of the outstanding students of the Strings and Keyboard departments.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Tragic Mahler

    Guest Conductor Uriel Segal leads the USC Thornton Symphony in an impassioned performance of Gustav Mahler's Sixth Symphony, known as the “Tragic.” From its energetic opening through its torturous finale, the 80-minute work will lead listeners and performers on a poignant journey. PROGRAM: Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 6, A minor, “Tragic”

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Solo Bach Competition

    A panel of distinguished guest adjudicators will hear finalists from the Strings program perform complete sonatas, partitas and suites by Johann Sebastian Bach.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra: Haydn & Mendelssohn

    Margaret Batjer, USC Thornton faculty member and concertmaster of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, leads the Thornton Chamber Orchestra from the concertmaster's chair in Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 8 in G major, "Le soir," and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A major, "Italian." The performance is part of an ongoing exploration of conductorless musicianship in the USC Thornton Orchestra program. PROGRAM: Franz Joseph Haydn — Symphony No. 8, G Major (Le soir; Evening) Felix Mendelssohn — Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, A Major (Italian)

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Chamber Music Festival

    Faculty member Karen Dreyfus leads an intensive two-day festival featuring chamber music masterworks performed by students from the Strings Department together with colleagues from across the Classical Performance & Composition Division. The USC Thornton Chamber Music Festival is a two-day student performance program, which includes the following events: Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 7:30 PM Wednesday, Apr. 26 at 5:00 & 7:30 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival

    Faculty member Karen Dreyfus leads an intensive two-day festival featuring chamber music masterworks performed by students from the Strings Department together with colleagues from across the Classical Performance & Composition Division. The USC Thornton Chamber Music Festival is a two-day student performance program, which includes the following events: Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 7:30 PM Wednesday, Apr. 26 at 5:00 & 7:30 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Concerto Competition Finals: Strings

    Always a popular event, this competition performance brings selected student finalists from the Strings department before a panel of guest adjudicators.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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    Strings magazine celebrates alumna, violist Cynthia Phelps

    February 1, 2017

    Strings magazine recently profiled USC Thornton alumna Cynthia Phelps, principal violist of the New York Philharmonic, on the occasion of the orchestra’s November premiere of a concerto written for her by Composition doctoral candidate Julia Adolphe (MM ’12, composition). The concerto, Unearth, Release, which was co-commissioned by the Philharmonic and… read more

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