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 Opera presents “Le Rossignol” & “L'Enfant et les Sortilèges”

    The USC Thornton Opera program and USC Thornton Symphony present a rare French double bill featuring iconic one-act operas, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Le Rossignol, with music by Igor Stravinsky and libretto by Stravinsky and Stepan Mitussov, is based on a story by Hans Christian Anderson and speaks to a spoiled ruler’s lack of control over nature and death. L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, composed by Maurice Ravel with libretto by the incomparable Colette, is the story of the consequences for a child who, in anger, destroys his nursery room, harming the animals around him. The child and the emperor both learn to find solace in nature and harmony in the worlds they inhabit. Performed in French with English subtitles. A pre-performance discussion on Friday, Nov. 16 is presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8PM Friday, Nov. 16 at 8PM Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2PM

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Thornton Opera presents “Le Rossignol” & “L'Enfant et les Sortilèges”

    The USC Thornton Opera program and USC Thornton Symphony present a rare French double bill featuring iconic one-act operas, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Le Rossignol, with music by Igor Stravinsky and libretto by Stravinsky and Stepan Mitussov, is based on a story by Hans Christian Anderson and speaks to a spoiled ruler’s lack of control over nature and death. L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, composed by Maurice Ravel with libretto by the incomparable Colette, is the story of the consequences for a child who, in anger, destroys his nursery room, harming the animals around him. The child and the emperor both learn to find solace in nature and harmony in the worlds they inhabit. Performed in French with English subtitles. A pre-performance discussion on Friday, Nov. 16 is presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8PM Friday, Nov. 16 at 8PM Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2PM

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Collegium Workshop: Song & Dance of Early Modern England

    Adam Knight Gilbert leads the USC Collegium Workshop in a concert featuring the earliest known English songs, along with 15th-century carols and love songs, and lute songs of the Tudor era, performed with voices, harp, lute, viols, and winds. Holy Family Catholic Church is located at 209 E. Lomita Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205 × This program will also be presented on the USC Thornton campus, Saturday, November 17th at 7:30PM.

    Holy Family Catholic Church

  • 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. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: WINDS & PERCUSSION - Monday, Nov. 26 at 2PM & 4:30PM VOCAL ARTS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 5:30PM STRINGS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30PM & Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5PM & 7:30PM

    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. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: WINDS & PERCUSSION - Monday, Nov. 26 at 2PM & 4:30PM VOCAL ARTS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 5:30PM STRINGS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30PM & Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5PM & 7:30PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Vocal Arts

    As part of a three-day festival, Lisa Sylvester leads USC Thornton Vocal Arts students and instrumentalists in an evening of vocal chamber works from across the centuries. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: WINDS & PERCUSSION - Monday, Nov. 26 at 2PM & 4:30PM VOCAL ARTS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 5:30PM STRINGS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30PM & Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5PM & 7:30PM

    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 three-day festival. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: WINDS & PERCUSSION - Monday, Nov. 26 at 2PM & 4:30PM VOCAL ARTS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 5:30PM STRINGS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30PM & Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5PM & 7:30PM

    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 three-day festival. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: WINDS & PERCUSSION - Monday, Nov. 26 at 2PM & 4:30PM VOCAL ARTS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 5:30PM STRINGS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30PM & Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5PM & 7:30PM

    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 three-day festival. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: WINDS & PERCUSSION - Monday, Nov. 26 at 2PM & 4:30PM VOCAL ARTS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 5:30PM STRINGS - Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30PM & Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5PM & 7:30PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia: Music from the Golden Age of Spain

    The USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia explores the secular and sacred in 17th-century Spanish music, featuring rousing and rustic villançicos led by Rotem Gilbert. This event is co-produced with the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Sounds of the Season: A Scholarship Gala

    Celebrate the holidays in style with our annual gala concert, featuring 250 singers and instrumentalists ringing in the season with carols and songs, in support of scholarships for USC Thornton's most talented students. An optional, pre-concert dinner at the USC University Club will take place at 5PM, before the gala concert, for an additional fee.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)


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    Remy Taghavi joins New Haven Symphony as principal bassoon

    September 24, 2018

    USC Thornton alumnus Rémy Taghavi (BM ’12) recently won the principal bassoon position with the New Haven Symphony in New Haven, Connecticut. Taghavi has been a member of numerous performing ensembles, including the USC Thornton Symphony, Julliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble and various other chamber groups. Additionally, he has been… read more

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