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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  • USC Thornton Symphony: Symphonie Fantastique

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

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in an evening of works by composers near and far while professor Frank Ticheli conductis his Clarinet Concerto with Thornton student soloists. Works include Oscar Navarro's Downey Overture, Ingolf Dahl's Sinfonietta, Aaron Copland's Emblems, and Gunther Schuller's Parody from On Winged Flight.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Drum Day

    The USC Thornton Community Engagement Program celebrates the diversity and universality of the percussion family of musical instruments. The day-long event will offer clinics, demonstrations, and participatory drumming sessions in a variety of different styles and traditions.

    Ramo Hall (RHM)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a musically rich program including Angels in the Architecture by professor Frank Ticheli and Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto featuring soloist Kevin Fitz-Gerald, professor of Keyboard Studies. Other works include Fanfare from La Peri by Paul Dukas, Serenade by Emil Hartmann, and Hammersmith by Gustav Holst.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Wind & Percussion

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

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Wind & Percussion

    As part of a four-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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    Erik Jovel

    Erick Jovel wins position with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

    December 20, 2018

    Trumpeter Erick Jovel, a USC Thorton DMA student, was appointed to the second trumpet position with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on November 20. LACO describes Jovel as a “musician whose versatility ranges from orchestral to jazz and other commercial music.” A native of Los Angeles, Jovel has numerous years experience… read more

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