About the Dean of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of MusicShelton G. Berg became dean of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music in June 2007. Formerly the McCoy/Sample Endowed Professor of Jazz Studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, Berg is an internationally recognized pianist, composer, arranger, and educator and is widely acclaimed for his energetic and innovative approaches to jazz performance, composition, and pedagogy. He was chair of the Thornton School’s Department of Jazz Studies from 1994 to 2002 and is credited with raising the department’s profile to one of the top jazz studies programs in the nation. From 1979 to 1981 he was chair of Instrumental Music at San Jacinto College North in North Shore, Texas. He was chair of Instrumental and Commercial Music at the San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas from 1981 to 1991. A virtuosic jazz pianist, Berg has performed and recorded with top music industry professionals and has contributed and/or orchestrated music for major orchestras and motion picture studios. Berg received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Houston.