Pamela Frank to Join USC Thornton Faculty: Focus on Injury Prevention

November 7, 2017, 2:05 PM · Violinist and Curtis Professor Pamela Frank will join the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for a one-year appointment beginning in Fall 2018, USC announced Monday.

Pamela Frank
Pamela Frank. Photo by Nicolas Lieber.

Frank, who also teaches annually at the Tanglewood, Ravinia and Verbier Festivals, will join as an adjunct professor and visiting artist at USC Thornton, teaching graduate students, while continuing her primary position at the Curtis Institute.

Frank will be joined by physical therapist Howard Nelson, an expert in movement-related impairments, with whom Frank launched Fit as a Fiddle Inc., a collaboration in which they use their expertise for injury prevention and treatment of musicians. Nelson, who also will have a one-year appointment, is an expert in movement-related impairments who analyzes how postures and movements can be the cause of injury and pain.

"Because of my experience with a career-threatening injury, and my recovery — thanks to physical therapist Howard Nelson — I feel the need to describe my problem and his expertise in solving it," she said. "It is my hope that, together, we can assist a growing population of untreated individuals, as well as those at risk, to prevent problems before they become career-threatening."

"We in the Strings department at the USC Thornton School of Music are thrilled and excited to welcome Pamela Frank and Howard Nelson to our faculty," said Ralph Kirshbaum, Chair of the Strings department. "Pamela will offer to a select number of graduate violin students the opportunity to study intensively with one of today’s most accomplished and inspirational musicians, and Howard will enhance the impact of their time with us by observing, treating, and following up on any physical problems that can at any moment challenge hard-working strings students."

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