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

  • USC Thornton Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Op.35 and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante featuring USC Thornton faculty members Margaret Batjer, violin, and Yura Lee, viola. Program Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Soloists: Margaret Batjer, violin. Yura Lee, viola Scheherazade, Op.35 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble

    Guest conductor Cynthia Johnston Turner leads the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a performance that showcases the wide range of the ensemble's spectrum including works by Bryce Dessner, Dai Fujikura, Oliver Messiaen, Rob Smith, and Eric Whitacre. Program Dai Fujikura: Frozen Heat Oliver Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques Eric Whitacre: October Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades Rob Smith: Dance Mix

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: New Music for Orchestra

    Donald Crockett leads the USC Thornton Symphony in this annual concert featuring original works by Thornton student composers.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: Gospel & Jazz

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a celebration of gospel and jazz featuring soprano Karen Parks and flutist James Walker. The program includes Silver Fanfare by Peter Boyer, O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, Pipe Dreams by Alan Gilliland, Come Sunday by Omar Thomas, and an arrangement of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" by Margaret Bonds and Reynolds.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • USC Percussion Group

    Joseph Pereira leads the USC Percussion Group in a program of contemporary works.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Symphony

    Celebrated pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane, former music director of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for 20 years before joining the faculty, leads the USC Thornton Symphony from the piano in Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, and returns to the podium for Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes and Barber's Symphony No. 1.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Winds & Percussion

    As part of a four-day festival, USC Thornton 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 four-day festival, USC Thornton 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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