Alex Liang

Major: BM French Horn Performance

Graduation year: 2021

Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA

USC Organizations: USC Circle K International

Hashtag to describe yourself: #love

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

I think my favorite USC Thornton experience was the whole concert rotation of playing Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss with the Thornton Symphony. I was lucky enough to play with an artistically gifted music program in high school, but I didn’t realize that the difference was so drastic when I walked into my first orchestra sectional of college. From the first tuning note of the first rehearsal to the last note of the concert, I was constantly at awe and learned so much each rehearsal working with Carl St. Clair.

What was your favorite USC GE class?

I really loved my GESM in Media and Social Change. It really opened up my eyes to the world and how much the media can shape our outlook, how much stereotypes have been ingrained into society to create an invisible perspective for us, etc. It almost convinced me to take more communication classes about journalism just for fun as well as just changing my outlook on the world.

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

I love the weather and just exploring Downtown, Koreatown, and having access to all the aesthetic, “Instagram-able” foods and desserts.

What is something you wish you knew when you were applying to college?

I think I knew this, but I wish I knew that it was more important than I thought. I wish I knew that everything, almost everything to be more realistic, matters. First impressions are super important, and there’s no reason to not put the best “you” out there, as a person and as a musician. The work you do doesn’t necessarily define you, but it shows what kind of person you are, how much you care about the work you do, and how much you care about your colleagues.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

I really love the grassy Thornton courtyard and School of Cinematic Arts.

What is your favorite thing about being a student at the Thornton School?

Since I’ve been here at the Thornton School of Music, I have worked with so many like-minded, driven individuals that motivate me to work hard. There is this friendly camaraderie to constantly work together all the time to create music, and it’s a really supportive, inexplicable support circle within the school. Music is something so special that at the School of Music, the “Trojan Family” that USC keeps advertising is even more intimate. Besides this close support circle, there is the “best of the best” faculty working at Thornton. They are successful musicians doing the jobs that we aspire to have in the future. They prepare us not only help up with all the musical aspect but also build a good character into us.

Why did you choose the Thornton School?

I chose the Thornton School because I grew up in Los Angeles all my life. I love the weather and that is one of the main things that kept me here in Los Angeles. I also knew USC was a school that would academically challenge me with an elite community around me as well as the strong faculty that I would receive instruction from. There are so many opportunities to constantly grow and strive to be a better musician as well as a person.