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Gwendolyn and Adolph Koldofsky Memorial Scholarship

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The Gwendolyn and Adolph Koldofsky Memorial Scholarship or Gwendolyn and Adolph Koldofsky Memorial Endowed Scholarship is an endowed scholarship offered by the USC Thornton School of Music to commemorate Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Adolph Koldofsky [de].


Gwendolyn Koldofsky created the Department of Accompanying at the music school in 1947, which was the first degree granting program of its kind in the world. She founded the annual Koldofsky Fellowship in Accompanying scholarship at the music school in 1951 upon the death of her husband and collaborator Adolph, a violinist. Upon her death in 1998, the scholarship became the Gwendolyn and Adolph Koldofsky Memorial Scholarship. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


The scholarship is funded in part by benefit concerts and masterclasses, including ones by

  • 10/1999: Marilyn Horne on her farewell recital tour, with pianist Martin Katz, soprano Ruth Golden, and violist Donald McInnes;[7]
  • 2/1999: soprano Elizabeth Hynes, violinist Donald McInnes, pianist Alan Smith, harpist JoAnn Turovsky, Jim Walker (flautist) and special guest artist Emily Bernstein on clarinet; [8]
  • 1990: Donald McInnes introducing Robert Suderburg's "Solo Music II: Ritual Cycle of Lyrics and Dances" for unaccompanied viola;[9]
  • 1986: Raymond Beegle with the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble;[10]
  • 1985: Marilyn Horne Concert Gala benefiting both the Marilyn Home Scholarship for Voice and the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Fund established for piano students; [11]
  • 1983: Jean Barr, piano; Armen Guzelimian, piano; Milton Thomas, viola; Gabor Rejto, cello; Peter Rejto, cello; David Young, double bass; Roger Stevens, flute; Mitchell Lurie, clarinet; Rick Todd, French horn; Ken Watson, percussion and a guest narrator; [12]
  • 1981 The Alma Trio, featuring Andor Toth on violin, Gabor Rejto on cello and Adolph Baller on piano; [13]
  • 1979: Glenda Maurice, mezzo-soprano; and Gwendolyn Koldofsky, piano; [14]
  • 1972: Marilyn Neeley (pianist) with Robert Gerle (violinist); [15]
  • 1964: Maureen Forrester accompanied by pianist John Newmark, with program including songs from Italienisches Liederbuch (Wolf);[16]
  • 1963: Eudice Shapiro, violin; Ingolf Dahl conducted the chamber orchestra; Alice Ehlers, harpsichordist; Malcolm Hamilton, harpsichordist; [17]
  • 1962: Henry Lewis conducting the Los Angeles String Society and the Camerata Singers performing Acis and Galatea (Handel), with soloists Marilyn Horne, Marni Nixon, John Guarnieri (tenor), and William Vennard;[18][19]
  • 1959: Marilyn Horne presenting the 9th annual (or 8th [20]) Koldofsky memorial concert, with proceeds going to the scholarship fund. Prior memorial concert series presenters included Lotte Lehmann, Gabor Rejto, Vera Appleton, Michael Field, and Marvin Hayes.[21][22]
  • 1958: Maxim Schapiro (pianist) with Joy Kim (USC '51) (soprano), with SC faculty Eudice Shapiro, Glenn Swan, violinists; Sanford Schonbach, violist; Gabor Rejto, cellist; [23]
  • 1956: Eva Heinitz playing the viola de gamba, with Alice Ehlers, harpsichord, playing "Le Trombeau pour Monsieur Lully" and "Suite in A Minor", both by Marin Marais; [24]
  • 1954: Zara Nelsova, cellist in 3rd annual benefit concert which includes sonatas by Boccherini, Beethoven and Kodaly, and compositions by Scriabin, Prokofiev, and Tschaikowsky; [25]
  • 1953: Lotte Lehmann conducted a masterclass for the benefit of the fund, including 12 vocalists: Phyllis Althof, soprano; Marvin Hayes, basso; Monas Harlan, tenor; Marjorie Low, soprano; Joy Kim, Mary Frances Pierson, Jacqueline Horne, Melvyn Cobb, Harold Enns, Norma Smith, John Nosches, and John Lundberg; [26]
  • 1951: Herta Glaz accompanied by Gwendolyn Koldofsky;[27]
  • 1951: Lotte Lehmann conducted a masterclass for the benefit of the fund that Marilyn Horne recounts participating in.[28]


Scholarship recipients include:

  •   So-Mang Jeagal [29]
  •   Dongeui Park [30]
  •   HyeJung Shin [31]


  1. "Gwendolyn Koldofsky". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. Throwback Thursday: Celebrating Gwendolyn Koldofsky
  3. USC Department of Keyboard Collaborative Arts
  4. Koldofsky
  5. Adolph Koldofsky
  6. Adolph Koldofsky 1905 - 1951 Violinist
  7. "all day: Art" - LA Times
  8. USC chronicle, vol. 18, no. 18 (1999 Feb. 1)
  9. Music Review : Benefit Recital by Donald McInnes at USC - LA Times
  10. Beegle, New York Vocal Arts Ensemble To Give Concert At USC - LA Times
  11. USC Trojan family, vol. 17, no. 8, p. 25
  12. Trojan family, vol. 16, no. 2 (1983 Oct.)
  13. Daily Trojan, Vol. 90, No. 3, February 06, 1981
  14. Trojan family, vol. 11, no. 5 (1979 Feb.)
  15. Daily Trojan, Vol. 64, No. 88, March 14, 1972
  16. Daily Trojan, Vol. 55, No. 110, May 01, 1964
  17. Daily Trojan, Vol. 54, No. 81, March 14, 1963
  18. 'Acis, Galatea' To Be Conducted By Henry Lewis; San Bernardino Sun, Volume 15, 11 February 1962
  19. Daily Trojan, Vol. 53, No. 68, February 13, 1962
  20. Southern California Alumni Review, vol. 41, no. 3, p. 10
  21. Miss Horne to Sing Koldofsky Concert; Los Angeles TImes, December 6, 1959
  22. Musicians Start Tour; Give Alaska Concerts; Daily Trojan, Vol. 51, No. 29, November 03, 1959
  23. Southern California alumni review, vol. 39, no. 5, p. 8 (1958 Feb.)
  24. Daily Trojan, Vol. 48, No. 11, October 05, 1956
  25. Daily Trojan, Vol. 45, No. 80, February 24, 1954
  26. Daily Trojan, Vol. 44, No. 72, February 11, 1953
  27. Daily Trojan, Vol. 43, No. 21, October 15, 1951
  28. Marilyn Horne: The Song Continues (Great Voices 8) by Marilyn Horne with Jane Scovell (2014) ISBN 978-1880909713 Search this book on ., p. 51
  29. So-Mang Jeagal
  30. Dongeui Park
  31. HyeJung Shin

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