Winds and Percussion
The USC Thornton wind and percussion faculty, consisting of artist/teachers of national and international reputation, assures 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.
BM, MM, DMA, Graduate Certificate
The BM in wind and percussion performance is a four-year, 132-unit program consisting of course work in the major (individual instruction, performance class, wind ensemble, chamber music), core music studies (theory, aural skills, music history, conducting) and USC's general education and writing program. A senior recital is required.
The MM in wind and percussion performance is a two-year, 30-unit program consisting of individual instruction, wind ensemble, chamber music, conducting, interpretation of baroque or classical, romantic and twentieth century wind and percussion music, music history and electives. Two graduate recitals are required.
The DMA in wind and percussion performance requires a minimum of 65 units beyond the bachelor's degree and consists of five areas of study: the basic DMA curriculum, course work in the major, an academic field and two elective fields. Four doctoral recitals are required.
The Graduate Certificate in wind and percussion performance is a two-year, 16-unit program consisting of individual instruction, studio class and two ensembles (or the equivalent thereof) each semester.
USC Thornton Symphony
USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra
Carl St.Clair, artistic leader of USC Thornton Orchestras
USC Thornton Wind Ensemble
H. Robert Reynolds, principal conductor
Sharon Lavery, resident conductor
USC Thornton Percussion Ensemble
Joseph Pereira, director
Terry S. Cravens
Department of Winds and Percussion
USC Thornton School of Music
Los Angeles, California 90089-0851