Tali Duckworth,

Tali Duckworth is a current student at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and studying with Jennifer Marotta and Tom Hooten. 

At USC, Tali is a member of Thornton Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Tali is a returning member of Thornton Edge, Student Symphony Orchestra and Concert Jazz Orchestra. 

Chamber music has also been at the heart of Tali's education. Tali performs in brass quintet with her fellow Thornton students and receives coachings from Doug Tournquist. Tali is a member of the USC trumpet quintet and this group was awarded first prize at the 2023 National Trumpet Competition in the small ensemble division. 

Tali has also discovered a love for pit orchestra. She made her debut playing the USC School of Dramatic Arts production of A Chorus Line in the spring of 2022. Since then she has played solo trumpet on SDA's production of Into the Woods and has played the trumpet books for Something Rotten and She Loves Me. This summer Tali was in residency with the College Light Opera Company in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The company puts on 9 shows in 9 weeks from June to August. Shows for the 2023 season include: Hello Dolly, H.M.S. Pinafore, 9 to 5, The Music Man, The Merry Widow, The Little Mermaid, The Yeomen of the Guard, Jesus Christ Superstar and Singin' in the Rain. Find more information at collegelightoperacompany.com

Tali was has traveled the country doing what she loves. In May 2022 Tali competed at the International Women in Brass Conference in Dallas, TX. Upon her return from Texas, Tali started her internship with this Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Here she attended rehearsals and did research for the orchestra on how symphonies can attract a younger audience. Later that summer, Tali traveled to New York City where she attended the NYU Summer Brass Workshop studying with Wayne DuMaine and the Manhattan Brass. From NY to WA, Tali spent the next two weeks with the Marrowstone Music Festival working with Seattle Symphony Musicians and playing principal trumpet with the orchestra. 

She has been a member of the Indianapolis Youth Orchestra, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Marrowstone Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, All State Honor Band, Lutheran Summer Music and the Interlochen Arts Camp. 

Tali graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in May of 2021. At Interlochen, she studied with Mr. Ken Larson and was in orchestra under the direction of Dr. Leslie Dunner.  

Attending Interlochen during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, students and faculty got creative with ensembles and classes. With a focus on chamber music and solo work, Tali had the opportunity to play music she would not have seen during a normal season. 

Tali was a member of Interlochen's first all female brass quintet with fellow Interlochen Students: Lydia Hanje (trumpet '22), Natalie Kloos (horn '22), Sarah Goldberg (trombone '21), and Claudia Shassberger (tuba '21). 

Additionally, Tali was able to collaborate with other disciplines at Interlochen. Working with singer songwriters and utilizing exposure to visual arts kept Tali inspired throughout the year. 


Tali attended Carmel High School from her Freshman year through Junior year. Carmel gave Tali the opportunity to fall in love with music. 

Tali was in the Carmel Marching Band for four years starting in 8th grade. She played mellophone in the 2016 show, Adagio Presto, which won the Bands of America Grand National Championships and was the start of Carmel's three year winning streak. The following year Tali played lead in Serenity (2017). During her Sophomore year the band put on Tali's favorite show, Voyage to Valhalla, featuring excerpts from Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler and The Ring Cycle by Richard Wagner. 

Tali's fourth and final year in the group was the most rewarding and challenging of her time at Carmel. During the spring of 2019 Tali's dad, Chris Duckworth, was deployed overseas to Kuwait with the Indiana Army National Guard. Walking into her most challenging academic year and staying busy with music, Tali auditioned and won the position of Head Drum Major. Tali learned a lot about leadership and responsibility in a short amount of time but loved everything she did. 

In addition to marching band, Tali was also principal trumpet of Wind Symphony 1 and the Carmel's Symphony Orchestra. During the winter months, Tali played in Jazz Ensemble 1 and the Holiday Spectacular Pit Orchestra. Finishing out the Spring with Pep Band, Solo and Ensemble, All State Honor Band, and managing the track team. 

In 2019, Tali along with the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Chen performed at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Along with a presentation, the orchestra performed Dvorak's Symphony No. 8.

Since graduation she has returned to Carmel to teach beginner trumpet students in the classroom and privately. Over the summer Tali taught alongside Mr. Ben Maynard at Clay Middle School. She also taught privately giving lessons at students' homes and online. 

Tali has studied with Terry Everson (Boston University), David Krauss (Metropolitan Opera), Ken Larson (Interlochen Arts Academy), Paul Morton (Lutheran Summer Music), Marcus Printup (BUTI Jazz), and Charles Conrad (Carmel). 

In addition, Tali has had the pleasure of attending masterclasses with Wayne Bergeron, James Moorison, Wynton Marsalis, and Håkan Hardenberger.