Winds and Percussion

Winds & Percussion

Overview

The USC Thornton Winds & Percussion faculty consists of artists and teachers of national and international regard, and provides a level of artistic and technical development virtually unmatched in the United States. Emphasis on all aspects of performance, combined with broad musical preparation, produces graduates who are concert artists, recording artists for major motion picture and television studios, performers in major orchestras and ensembles, and members of the faculties of music schools throughout the world.

Undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as non-degree certificates, are offered in: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion.

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Upcoming events

  • Percussion Masterclass with David Moliner Andrés

    Percussion soloist David Moliner Andrés presents a masterclass and recital. The native of Spain, who is also a multi-faceted artist and composer, has performed recitals across Europe with acclaimed musicians in several of the continent’s most iconic concert halls. He describes the style of his compositions as the exploitation of drama. Andrés is professor of Dramatic Art applied to the soloist performance at Centro Superior Katarina Gurska of Madrid and professor of composition at Centro Superior Progreso Musical Madrid.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • 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)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a diverse program celebrating the 25th-anniversary of Composition faculty member Frank Ticheli's Blue Shades. The evening also features Seeker's Scherzo by Zhou Tian, Bach's My Soul Longeth to Depart in Peace and Little Fugue, Holst's Suite No.1, and Theme and Variation by Schönberg. PROGRAM: Zhou Tian – Seeker’s Scherzo J. S. Bach – My Soul Longeth to Depart in Peace and Little Fugue in G Minor Gustav Holst – Suite No. 1 in Eb Arnold Schönberg – Theme and Variation, Op. 43a Frank Ticheli – Blue Shades, 25th Anniversary Edition

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a majestic rendition of Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. Other works include Petite Symphonie by Charles Gounod, Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Concertino by Igor Stravinsky and Gunther Schuller's Symphony for Brass and Percussion, Op. 16. PROGRAM: Charles Gounod – Petite Symphonie Igor Stravinsky – Symphonies of Wind Instruments Saxophone Quartet – to be determined Igor Stravinsky – Concertino Gunther Schuller – Symphony for Brass and Percussion, Op. 16

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Thornton Percussion Group: Sticks and Stones

    Joseph Pereira leads the USC Percussion Group in a program of new works for percussion that are influenced by natural objects: sand, stone, wood, and metals. The program features pieces from new Composition faculty member Nina C. Young, 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Reid, and Fellipe Waller’s Teguala, for 120 Ceramic Tiles and Electronics.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Winds & Percussion

    As part of a three-day festival, USC Thornton’s Winds & Percussion students present an afternoon of chamber music under the direction of Kristy Morrell.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Winds & Percussion

    As part of a three-day festival, USC Thornton’s Winds & Percussion students present an afternoon of chamber music under the direction of Kristy Morrell.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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    Strauss Shi

    Strauss Shi to solo with Pacific Symphony

    July 10, 2019

    Violinist and USC Thornton Master’s of Music student Strauss Shi will be a featured soloist in the Pacific Symphony’s Symphony in the Cities series. Carl St.Clair, the Music Director of the Pacific Symphony and Artistic Leader and Principal Conductor of the USC Thornton Orchestras, will conduct the four concerts that… read more

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