News from the 2007-2008 Academic Year

New appointments and promotions in strings department signal exciting new era

February 15, 2008

With the hiring this year of Hagai Shaham and Ralph Kirshbaum and the promotion of Midori as chair of the strings program, a new era has begun at the USC Thornton School of Music. “Any change of teacher must bring, by definition, different points of view and different emphases,” said Kirshbaum, whose appointment as holder […]


Richard O’Neill, Ralph Kirshbaum, Vadim Repin, and others participate in Strings Visiting Artists Series

January 31, 2008

As part of the Strings Visiting Artists Series, members of the public are invited to come and observe prominent artists as they share their expertise and artistic inspiration with young performers. Violist Richard O’Neill, cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, violinist Vadim Repin and USC Thornton alumna and violinist Laura Hong will be participating in this series of […]


Ralph Kirshbaum appointed the Piatigorsky Endowed Chair in Violoncello

November 6, 2007

Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, who holds a distinguished position among the world’s foremost musicians, has been appointed the fifth holder of the Gregor Piatigorsky Endowed Chair in Violoncello in the strings program of the USC Thornton School of Music. As “one of the outstanding cellists of his generation,” according to The New York Times, Texas-born Kirshbaum […]


Brian Shepard’s pioneering work with Internet2 profiled

October 29, 2007

Thanks to an amazing technology and protocol pioneered by Brian K. Shepard, assistant professor of pedagogical technology, USC Thornton is on the leading edge of the new educational opportunities provided by Internet2. “In the same spirit of experimentation and cooperation that led to the original, or commodity, Internet, these organizations realize the significance and importance […]


Violinist Hagai Shaham Joins USC Thornton

September 27, 2007

Internationally recognized Israeli violinist Hagai Shaham began teaching at the USC Thornton School of Music this month. “I have very good feelings about the openness and the new possibilities that the school can offer. I am very much looking forward to contributing and sharing knowledge at Thornton School of Music,” Shaham said. Read the article


Midori Named U.N. Messenger of Peace

September 21, 2007

Midori Goto, holder of the Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin at USC, is among four international figures designated today as United Nations Messengers of Peace by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The quartet will join four other Messengers of Peace – individuals who possess talents in art, literature, music and sports – helping to raise […]


New West Guitar Quartet Bound for Berlin

July 5, 2007

The New West Guitar Quartet, made up of USC Thornton alumni, will perform in Berlin for three weeks as the official and only musical representation for Los Angeles at the 2007 German-American Volkfest, an annual festival that attracts more than half a million people. The NWGQ received early support from Thornton’s Protégé Program, a unique […]


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