Strings News from the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Caroline Wilkins

Caroline Wilkins wins the American Harp Society National Competition

June 26, 2019

Earlier this month, harpist and USC Thornton alumna Caroline Wilkins (BM ’16, MM ’19) won the grand prize in the Young Professional division at the 2019 American Harp Society (AHS) National Competition. As part of the award, Wilkins will serve as the AHS Concert Artist for the next two years, performing and presenting masterclasses at […]

USC musicians to perform at LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight event

May 31, 2019

On Saturday, June 1 the LA Phil celebrates new music with their third-annual Noon to Midnight event, a twelve-hour marathon featuring many of California’s finest ensembles in pop-up performances around Walt Disney Concert Hall. The day-long lineup features several ensembles that feature USC Thornton musicians, including USC Thornton Percussion Group, HOCKET, Sakura Cello Quintet, Calder […]

Remembering Alice Schoenfeld

May 29, 2019

USC Thornton mourns the loss of beloved violin professor Alice Schoenfeld, who, along with her sister Elenore, leaves a lasting legacy at USC.

Sydney Adedamola. (Photo by Ben Gibbs/LACO)

LA Orchestra Fellowship musicians featured on Spectrum News 1

May 9, 2019

Earlier this week, Spectrum News 1 caught up with the four members of the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship who are currently studying at USC Thornton as part of this groundbreaking initiative. Founded in 2018 in partnership with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and USC Thornton, the fellowship’s goal […]

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.

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