Strings

Overview

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. 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.

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  • Strings Showcase: Studio Showcase

    Students of USC Thornton's myriad Strings studios showcase their talents in performance.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Let All Voices Be Heard: Celebrating Diversity in Classical Music

    A concert and discussion, featuring the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Street Symphony, and USC Thornton School of Music. The Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship, a program designed to increase diversity in classical music, welcomed its first class this fall. To celebrate its launch, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), Street Symphony and USC Thornton School of Music will present a wide-reaching performance and panel discussion to follow. The performance features the first class of fellows, including violinists Sydney Adedamola and Ayrton Pisco, violist Bradley Parrimore, and cellist Juan-Salvador Carrasco. The celebrated guest artists include Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of New York Philharmonic; Todd Strange, a tenor with the LA Master Chorale; and musicians from LACO including violinists Tereza Stanislav and Cheryl Norman-Brick, violist Robert Brophy, and cellist Giovanna Clayton. PROGRAM: W.A. Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581 I. Allegro Anthony McGill, clarinet Sydney Adedamola, violin, Ayrton Pisco, violin, Bradley Parrimore, viola, Juan-Salvador Carrasco, cello Ben Shirley, Brother Burn Anthony McGill, clarinet, Todd Strange, tenor D. Shostakovich, String Quartet No.10 in A-flat Major, Op. 118 I. Andante II. Allegretto furioso Sydney Adedamola, violin, Ayrton Pisco, violin, Bradley Parrimore, viola, Juan-Salvador Carrasco, cello J. Brahms, Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 I. Allegro Anthony McGill, clarinet, Tereza Stanislav, violin, Cheryl Norman-Brick, violin, Robert Brophy, viola, Giovanna Clayton, cello The event includes a panel discussion to follow moderated by Derrick Spiva, LACO’s artist educator, and including clarinetist Anthony McGill, cellist Giovanna Clayton, composer Juan Pablo Contreras, and Akilah Morgan, executive assistant of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA). Launched in August 2018, the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship was conceived by a partnership of ICYOLA, the country’s largest African-American-majority youth orchestra; LACO, one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras; and USC Thornton, one of the country’s top music programs. ADMISSION: Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below. USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP USC Alumni: RSVP General Public: RSVP Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative in partnership with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, LA Orchestra Fellowship, Street Symphony and USC Thornton School of Music.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • LACO Mock Orchestral Auditions

    The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO)-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program presents the Mock Orchestral Audition, providing students with the hands-on experience of a professional orchestra audition. True to the professional process, selected USC Thornton Strings students will play orchestral excerpts behind a screen for a panel of adjudicators. At the conclusion of the audition, a special award may be given to an exceptional student at the discretion of the judges, giving them an opportunity to be mentored by a LACO principal musician and to perform as a substitute player during one week of the orchestra's 2018-19 concert season.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Faculty Recital with Jim Self, Norm Pearson, & Doug Tornquist

    USC Thornton's tuba faculty – Jim Self, Norm Pearson, and Doug Tornquist – present a collaborative recital, performing solo, as a tuba trio, and with guest performers in a wide variety of music, including a world premiere. The three leading Southern California tubists are principals in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Long Beach Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, LA Master Chorale, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Hollywood studios.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings Showcase: Studio Showcase

    Students of USC Thornton's myriad Strings studios showcase their talents in performance.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Strings Showcase: Chamber Music Performance

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

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Midori Goto: The Art of the Masterclass

    Renowned violinist and educator Midori Goto presents a masterclass on the art of conducting a masterclass. Goto, who was named a Judge Widney Professor of Music at USC, will coach USC Thornton Strings students in the technical, pedagogical, and interpersonal aspects of masterclass presentation.

    Ramo Hall (RHM)

  • USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra: Haydn & Ravel

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra in a joyful program, featuring Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and Mother Goose Suite, along with Haydn's sparkling Symphony No. 88. PROGRAM: Ravel – Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin Haydn – Symphony No.88 in G Major

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Thornton Edge

    The USC Thornton Edge, the new music group led by Donald Crockett, presents a program of recent music from the United States, including Lightenings by Thornton alumna Elizabeth Ogonek, and music for large ensemble by David Dzubay.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings Showcase: Studio Showcase

    Students of USC Thornton's myriad Strings studios showcase their talents in performance.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Opera presents “Le Rossignol” & “L'Enfant et les Sortilèges”

    The USC Thornton Opera program and USC Thornton Symphony present a rare French double bill featuring iconic one-act operas, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Le Rossignol, with music by Igor Stravinsky and libretto by Stravinsky and Stepan Mitussov, is based on a story by Hans Christian Anderson and speaks to a spoiled ruler’s lack of control over nature and death. L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, composed by Maurice Ravel with libretto by the incomparable Colette, is the story of the consequences for a child who, in anger, destroys his nursery room, harming the animals around him. The child and the emperor both learn to find solace in nature and harmony in the worlds they inhabit. Performed in French with English subtitles. A pre-performance discussion on Friday, Nov. 16 is presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8PM Friday, Nov. 16 at 8PM Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2PM

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Thornton Opera presents “Le Rossignol” & “L'Enfant et les Sortilèges”

    The USC Thornton Opera program and USC Thornton Symphony present a rare French double bill featuring iconic one-act operas, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Le Rossignol, with music by Igor Stravinsky and libretto by Stravinsky and Stepan Mitussov, is based on a story by Hans Christian Anderson and speaks to a spoiled ruler’s lack of control over nature and death. L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, composed by Maurice Ravel with libretto by the incomparable Colette, is the story of the consequences for a child who, in anger, destroys his nursery room, harming the animals around him. The child and the emperor both learn to find solace in nature and harmony in the worlds they inhabit. Performed in French with English subtitles. A pre-performance discussion on Friday, Nov. 16 is presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8PM Friday, Nov. 16 at 8PM Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2PM

    Bing Theatre (BIT)


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    Delirium Musicum chamber ensemble announces call for scores

    September 12, 2018

    Delirium Musicum, a conductorless chamber ensemble founded by violinist and USC Thornton alumnus Etienne Gara, has announced a call for scores open to composers of any age and nationality. The deadline for submission is October 15, 2018 with the works to be premiered in a February concert. The ensemble, which… read more

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