Daniel Mangiaracino

Major: Piano Performance

Minor(s): Dance; Music Production

Graduation year: 2022

Hometown: Topeka, KS

USC Organizations: SC Legends, Songwriter Forum, USC FAM Music Organization

Hashtag to describe yourself: #giving110percent

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

The Winter Gala at Bovard Auditorium is an incredible experience. It is an on-campus performance that has the orchestra, brass ensemble, and all 5 of the choral ensembles performing traditional and current Christmas music. Participating in it was extremely memorable for me as I saw nearly hundreds of Thornton and even some outside of Thornton working towards an incredible performance full of holiday spirit!

What was your favorite USC GE class?

I have only taken one GE class thus far, but it was nonetheless a very intuitive experience. I took a GE class called “Logic of Events” which addresses predicate logic, a subject which combines grammar, philosophy, and lingual analysis in order to identify why we things the way that we say it. It was an eye-opener for me that helped me look at the world with a sharper eye and mind, and I highly recommend it!

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

The networking for sure. The fact that USC is involved with so many larger national and international activities and events makes its location even more of an asset. LA is the place where meeting the right person may kick start an entire career, and the more you look, the better results you discover!

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

I definitely wish I could know how academically involved each school is. Most schools often have their own idea of what counts as academic, and understanding what their General Education curriculum would have come in handy to understand what all my choices were for the schools.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

The Village hands down. It is like a mini shopping district with clothes stores, food places, many tables to sit and study outside, and even a Trader Joes and Target for essential items! It is right across the street from the actual campus as well, so it barely takes any time at all to walk there!

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

I love the atmosphere everyone at Thornton creates. Everyone is there to better themselves at their art, and it really shows during the performances and rehearsals! Everyone is eager to learn, and the variety of genres and specialties gives much way to learn even more than simply information about one’s major; this kind of selective, tight-knit community is priceless in such a large university!

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

Thornton offered more than I could ever ask for: some of the best classical training in the nation, a location where I can make optimal career choices and connections, and it is a place that allows me to pursue my art as well as other interests. No other school that I applied for would allow me to major in piano and minor in dance, considering that they are both arts that take much time to perfect. However, Thornton really understands that arts benefit other arts, and not only allowed me to pursue the minor, but actually encouraged that I do that and more! It is a school which values all levels of the word “excellence:” from its academic classes to the individual instruction (I couldn’t ask for a better professor, Kevin Fitz-Gerald) it encourages one to pursue their goals with 110% of their effort!