USC Thornton distinguished professor Midori Goto, Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin, will join the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, beginning in the 2018–19 school year. The internationally-renowned performer and educational advocate will continue her 14-year relationship with Thornton as a visiting artist following her move to Philadelphia.
“I am thankful for the time spent and the opportunities I have had at USC Thornton,” said Goto. “I was privileged to be part of an incredible growth in the Strings department over the last 10 years, and it was always truly inspiring to be in an environment where challenges were met with creativity and enthusiasm, and problems were solved with positive rigor. The tenure I have had at Thornton was one of great learning, inspiration, and personal growth and I’m looking forward to continuing my work with Thornton students for the foreseeable future in a different capacity.”
“We at USC Thornton are extremely grateful for Midori’s many years of innovative teaching and leadership,” said Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta. “She has been tremendous for our Strings program, and we’re happy that she will continue, going forward, to have a relationship with our students as a visiting artist.”
Ralph Kirshbaum, the Gregor Piatigorsky Chair in Violoncello and chair of the Strings program reflected on Goto’s tenure. “Midori gave tirelessly of her time and energy at Thornton, helping to forge a cohesive structure and set of values within the Strings Department that will serve as a significant reference point for many years to come.”
Goto will continue to teach full time at USC Thornton through the 2017-18 academic year.