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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  • Viola Masterclass with Kim Kashkashian

    Acclaimed violist Kim Kashkashian, a professor at the New England Conservatory of Music and GRAMMY Award-winner, leads a viola masterclass with USC Thornton Strings students.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Symphonie Fantastique

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a program featuring the works of Hector Berlioz including Le Carneval Romain and the iconic Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Strings Showcase

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

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Violin Masterclass with Peter Herresthal

    Violinist Peter Herresthal, faculty member at the Oslo Academy and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, leads a violin masterclass with USC Thornton's talented Strings students.

    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)

  • Strings Showcase

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

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

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

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)


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    YuEun Kim and Sung Chang take 2nd Prize at Boulder duo competition

    October 30, 2018

    Violinist YuEun Kim (GCRT ’15, ARTD ’17) and pianist Sung Chang (GCRT ’17), have been jointly awarded 2nd prize at the Art of Duo: Boulder International Chamber Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado. The USC Thornton alumni performed the 2nd movement of Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2 Enjoy a video of… read more

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