Claudia Giugni

Major: BM Vocal Arts

Minors: Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism

Graduation year: 2022

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

USC Organizations: USC Opera, Thornton Chamber Opera, USC Concert Choir, Thornton Community Engagement Program

Hashtag to describe yourself: #yesimfromfloridanoimnotweird

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

Performing in Thornton Chamber Opera’s production of Sondheim scenes this past Spring!

What was your favorite USC GE class?

Italian I

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

The amount of opportunities! The proximity of USC to downtown, the LA Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, art museums, and so many amazing places really lets me experience the rich artistic lifestyle I seek! Not to mention, all the awesome food places around town!

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

To trust the process! Although I was really open-minded throughout my applications, the closer I seemed to get to the end, stressing out was inevitable. Looking back, I wish I savored the last few moments I had rather than worry so much. Besides, you really do end up where you belong!

Where is your favorite place on campus?

USC Village Courtyard

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

For me, getting to work with such renowned faculty, collaborate with students from all over, and having endless opportunities to explore my passions, all in such a friendly yet challenging environment!

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

Deciding to pursue my degree at the Thornton School of Music was honestly one of the easiest choices for me. First of all, faculty! My voice teacher is definitely the main reason I decided to attend along with the rest of the professional faculty we are lucky to have here. When choosing a school, having a place where I could develop not only as a musician but as a person and critical thinker was very important for me, especially when having other interests that I wish to integrate into my career later on as well. To have a plethora of musical and academic opportunities to choose from all while being guided through Thornton’s skilled advisors was something very comforting for me. Also, being exposed to students that are not only pursuing musical careers was very important for me as well. To learn how to interact with people of different fields all under the same “work hard, play hard” mindset is something I find very valuable.