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Argus Quartet performs in Detroit

April 25, 2019

The Argus Quartet was recently invited by the Chamber Music Society of Detroit to perform two performances with the Juilliard String Quartet in the Detroit metro area. The Argus Quartet includes USC Thornton alumni Clara Kim (DM ’15, violin) and Jason Issokan (MM ’10, violin), along with violist Dana Kelley and cellist Jo Whang. As […]


Gernot Wolfgang collaborates with Thornton faculty and alumni on new album

March 27, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Gernot Wolfgang (’94) just announced his new chamber music album Vienna and the West on Albany Records. The album, which was recorded over four days in May 2018, features Thornton faculty members Judith Farmer, Ben Hong and Andrew Shulman, as well as Thornton alumni Nic Gerpe (DMA ’12), Edgar Lopez (MM’ 15, […]

The Argus Quartet performs at Chico State

February 27, 2019

The Argus Quartet made its first appearance in Chico, Calif. on February 17th in the Zingg Recital Hall on the Chico State University campus. The quartet, which is comprised of USC Thornton alumni Clara Kim (DMA ’15, violin) and Jason Issokson (MM ’10, violin) along with violist Dana Kelley and cellist Jo Whang, performed a […]

Sarah Rommel earns glowing review

February 21, 2019

In January, the Hans India Newspaper gave cellist and USC Thornton alumna Sarah Rommel (GRCT ’14, MM ’16) a glowing review for her performance with the ‘State of the Art’ (SOTA) Resonance Festival presented by British Airways at the Trident in India. In an interview with the newspaper, Rommel discussed her love for travel and […]

Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Andrew Shulman perform at the Broad’s “Beethoven, Bagels & Banter”

February 20, 2019

Kevin Fitz-Gerald, a USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty member, and strings faculty member Andrew Shulman performed as part of the Broad’s monthly “Beethoven, Bagels & Banter” performance series this past Sunday. The trio – comprised of Fitz-Gerald on piano, Shulman on cello and Robert Davidovici on violin – presented works by Haydn and Brahms.

Viola Masterclass with Kim Kashkashian featured on

February 19, 2019

Kim Kashkashian, GRAMMY Award-winning violist and a professor at the New England Conservatory of Music, was recently featured on for her viola masterclass with USC Thornton String students this past January. The article dives into Kashkashian’s effective rapport with the students and discusses specific technical and instructional devices she used in the masterclass.

Callisto Trio

Callisto Trio earns standing ovation in Amsterdam

January 31, 2019

Pianist Katelyn Vahala, a USC Thornton undergraduate, and alumna cellist Annie Jacobs-Perkins ’18, are currently touring Holland and Bratislava with the Callisto Trio, which also features violinist Geneva Lewis. On Jan. 13, the trio earned a standing ovation for their performance of Schoenfield, Ives and Dvorak at the Concertgebouw. Formed in 2011, the Callisto Trio […]

Midori Goto

Midori Goto featured in

January 24, 2019 recently featured USC Distinguished Professor Midori Goto for a masterclass she presented at USC Thornton last Spring. In “The Art of Giving a Masterclass,” Midori encouraged students to think how they would structure their own masterclasses, an important skill when hunting for a teaching job. The article highlighted the thought process behind how instructors […]

Cooper Bell

Two recent USC Thornton grads featured in College Magazine

January 10, 2019

College Magazine included two recent USC Thornton alumni – Cooper Bell and Nick Kennerly – in their recent article, “Meet 10 Outstanding College Music Students.” A Popular Music major, Bell discussed his dedication to writing and performing music and how his USC instructors helped him grow as an artist. He also touched on the opportunity […]

YuEun Kim and Sung Chang take 2nd Prize at Boulder duo competition

October 30, 2018

Violinist YuEun Kim (GCRT ’15, ARTD ’17) and pianist Sung Chang (GCRT ’17), have been jointly awarded 2nd prize at the Art of Duo: Boulder International Chamber Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado. The USC Thornton alumni performed the 2nd movement of Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2 Enjoy a video of their winning performance below: Kim, […]

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