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.

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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  • USC Thornton Symphony: A Hero's Welcome

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a wide-ranging program, including Richard Strauss's spectacular tone-poem, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life).

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Faculty Recital with Judith Farmer and Andrew Shulman

    USC Thornton faculty bassoonist Judith Farmer and cellist Andrew Shulman present a joint recital featuring faculty pianist Jeffrey Kahane, alumni pianists Nadia Shpachenko and Nic Gerpe, and alumni clarinetist Edgar Lopez. The evening recital includes duo performances by Shulman and Kahane, longtime collaborators in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, of works by Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten that explore the teacher-pupil relationship between the two composers. Farmer will lead an ensemble in a performance of works by Thornton alumnus Gernot Wolfgang including the world premiere of Road Signs for Bassoon and Piano. A previous collaboration between the artists led to a 2016 GRAMMY nomination.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Masterclass with Lawrence Dutton

    Lawrence Dutton, distinguished violist of the nine-time GRAMMY Award-winning Emerson String Quartet, leads a chamber music masterclass with USC Thornton's talented Strings students.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Strings: Open Performance Evening

    Outstanding students of Thornton’s Strings program present an evening of solo and chamber performances.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    USC Thornton’s exceptional Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: New Music for Orchestra

    Donald Crockett, chair of the Composition program, leads the USC Thornton Symphony in this annual concert featuring original works by Thornton student composers.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    USC Thornton’s exceptional Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    USC Thornton’s exceptional Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Symphony presents Mahler's 5th

    Guest conductor Yoav Talmi leads the USC Thornton Symphony on a journey from the infernal to the transcendental with Gustav Mahler's awe-inspiring Fifth Symphony.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Cello Masterclass & Performance with Colin Carr

    British cellist Colin Carr, renowned soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue, performs two Bach Suites and mentors aspiring young artists on the fine points of this great canon of works.

    USC Brain and Creativity Institute's Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall (BCI)

  • Strings: Chamber Music Showcase

    Select chamber music ensembles from the Strings program perform movements from classic repertoire.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Bach Solo Competition Finals

    A panel of three eminent external adjudicators will hear selected Strings student finalists performing complete sonatas, partitas and suites of Johann Sebastian Bach.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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    Applications now open for the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship

    December 13, 2017

    https://youtu.be/knurXxcenH0 The USC Thornton School of Music, Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) have teamed up to launch a post-graduate fellowship program for musicians from underrepresented communities on the verge of launching careers in orchestral performance. The West Coast’s first comprehensive orchestral… read more

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