Strings

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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Upcoming events

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Dvořák's New World Symphony

    Resident conductor Sharon Lavery leads the USC Thornton Symphony in an all-Dvořák program featuring the Carnival Overture and New World Symphony. Written in 1893 by Dvořák while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America, New World Symphony earned its place in history when a recording of the piece was taken to the moon on the Appollo 11 mission.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Violin Masterclass with Joseph Lin

    Joseph Lin, distinguished violinist and former leader of the Julliard String Quartet, leads a masterclass in violin and chamber music. Lin was named a Presidential Scholar in 1996 and was the youngest musician to receive the Pro Musicis International award in 1999.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings Showcase

    Students from across the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Strings: PPP + Performance Evening

    Strings students perform virtuosic solo works, including Paganini caprices, Ernst caprices, Popper etudes, Piatti caprices, and other showpieces.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Paths of Glory, Visions of Horror: The Music and Art of World War I

    A prelude to the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in March 2020, USC Thornton will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the formal conclusion of World War I. USC history professor emeritus Elinor Accampo and Ralph Kirshbaum, Chair of the Strings program and artistic director of the Piatigorsky Festival, will explore the impact on the social fabric and artistic sensibilities of Europe and America. Visual art, juxtaposed with emotionally laden musical masterpieces featuring the cello by composers who were deeply affected by World War I, will serve as a masterful, beautiful, and cautionary tapestry revealing the wide-ranging human and societal turmoil that arose from this previously unimaginable and brutal military conflict. The program, featuring performances by some of the brilliant young artists of the USC Thornton, will be followed by a Q&A. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    Outstanding representatives from selected studios within the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    Outstanding representatives from selected studios within the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Strings: Chamber Music Showcase

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

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    Outstanding representatives from selected studios within the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Lina Bahn leads USC Thornton Strings students in a survey of iconic chamber works as part of a winter festival.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Lina Bahn leads USC Thornton Strings students in a survey of iconic chamber works as part of a winter festival.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Lina Bahn leads USC Thornton Strings students in a survey of iconic chamber works as part of a winter festival.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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    Calder Quartet releases new album

    July 16, 2019

    The Calder Quartet, comprised of USC Thornton alumni – violinists Benjamin Jacobson (’01, MM ’07) and Andrew Bulbrook (’02), violist Jonathan Moerschel (’01, MM ’03), and cellist Eric Byers (’03), has released a new album on Pentatone Records. Beethoven Hillborg includes recordings of Beethoven’s String Quartets No. 3 in D… read more

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