Strings

Strings

Overview

The USC Thornton Strings department is an internationally recognized, distinguished top-tier program. Its eminent artist-teachers are exceptionally qualified in both individual instruction and in coaching for chamber music. Outstanding 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. More recent faculty have included Donald McInnes, Midori Goto, Glenn Dicterow, and the chair of the Strings department, Ralph Kirshbaum.

Strings students 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.

USC Thornton, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), and the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) have joined forces to offer the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship, which offers rigorous training to top-tier string musicians in the Graduate Certificate (GCRT) program at USC Thornton, as well as a generous financial package covering full tuition and living expenses. See more information on the Graduate Certificate page.

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Upcoming events

  • Violin Masterclass with Midori Goto

    Midori Goto, renowned violinist and Judge Widney Professor of Music at USC, returns to campus to lead a violin masterclass with USC Thornton Strings students.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Op.35 and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante featuring USC Thornton faculty members Margaret Batjer, violin, and Yura Lee, viola. Program Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Soloists: Margaret Batjer, violin. Yura Lee, viola Scheherazade, Op.35 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

  • Violin Masterclass with Christian Tetzlaff

    Acclaimed violinist and Gramophone Classical Music artist, Christian Tetzlaff, leads a violin masterclass with USC Thornton Strings students.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Chamber Music Masterclass with Verona Quartet

    The Verona Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music that features alum Jonathan Dormand, presents a masterclass for USC Thornton Strings students.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Verona Quartet: Must It Be? The Last Quartet of Beethoven

    The Verona Quartet, featuring alum Jonathan Dormand, celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a performance of the composer’s last quartet along with the minimalist-inspired, The Weather of It, by Irish composer, Donnacha Dennehy. The final composition Ludwig van Beethoven wrote before his death in 1827, the String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135, is punctuated by a three-note theme: “Must it be?” Beethoven posed this question while considering the end of his life, and the Verona Quartet will address the iconic composer’s query as part of a three-day residency highlighted by a concert at Newman Hall. The performance will include collaborations with student writers, dancers, and jazz musicians from across USC who were asked to probe the question, Must it be? Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    Talented students from the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works, exploring the wide-ranging chamber music repertoire.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: New Music for Orchestra

    Donald Crockett leads the USC Thornton Symphony in this annual concert featuring original works by Thornton student composers.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    Talented students from the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works, exploring the wide-ranging chamber music repertoire.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Strings Showcase

    Talented students from the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works, exploring the wide-ranging chamber music repertoire.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Opening Gala for Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in the Opening Gala of the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. The performance includes Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Strauss's Don Quixote featuring acclaimed cellist Mischa Maisky and distinguished violist and Thornton faculty member Yura Lee. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative. Program Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture Richard Strauss: Don Quixote

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • PICF '20 Mischa Maisky: Reflections on the Challenges and Joys of a Musician's Life

    An intimate forum with an eye to professional development, renowned cellist Mischa Maisky will speak to PICF Fellows and the general public about his career as a solo cellist–that now spans over 50 years–and give advice on how to generate, develop, sustain and enjoy a successful musical career.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • PICF '20 Piatigorsky Film Screening & Panel Discussion

    Honoring the Festival’s namesake, a 2018 documentary film by Murray Grigor and Hamid Shams will be screened. A panel comprised of Piatigorsky’s former students (Terry King, Laurence Lesser, Mischa Maisky, Jeffrey Solow, Raphael Wallfisch) and grandson (Evan Drachman) will discuss Piatigorsky’s teaching and enduring musical influence.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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