Jamie Kim

Major: Flute Performance

Minor: Music Industry

Graduation year: 2022

Hometown: Palos Verdes, CA

USC Organizations: KCM, Thornton Community Engagement Program

Hashtag to describe yourself: #bearsbeetsbattlestargalactica

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

My favorite USC Thornton experience was playing the Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 in e minor this past month of March. It was yet another example of the amazing opportunities that Thornton provides. This rotation was conducted by James Judd, who has been the Music Director and conductor of many major symphonic orchestras all across the world. I had never played the Rach before, but after performing it under the expertise of such a renowned director and surrounded by my fellow talented musicians, it became my favorite piece of all time. But what made the experience so special was that although I was playing second flute, hearing the first flute solos so beautifully played made me realize that I want to make it my life’s goal to be a principal flutist.

What was your favorite USC GE class?

I have only taken one GE and it was my fifth choice of classes…But on the bright side, I made some great friends in the class that I still talk to today!

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

There is something about being a small fish in the big pond of LA yet being so warmly enclosed by the tight-knit community of USC that makes this city so perfect. I also like Los Angeles because of the tacos.

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

If you are a slow writer, do not underestimate how slow you are at writing when completing your college essays—because I definitely did that. When I could have been consistently investing half an hour each day during the summer planning my essays, I made the mistake of leaving them until October when I was juggling schoolwork with them. It was not a fun end to 2016.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

In my bed. In the dorms. I’m just kidding—it’s actually the Village Dining Hall.

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

Being a Thornton student means you will be offered an endless ow of amazing performance opportunities. This year, the classical musicians were given the chance to participate in the Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive at the Warner Bros. Studio and perform Beethoven Symphony No. 5 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Experiences like these provided by USC Thornton allow us to experience such rare and special moments that we will carry on for our entire lives.

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

While there are many reasons why I am at this school right now, one of the main ones is my teacher, Jim Walker. Every week, he shows me how I can advance and improve in my repertoire and technique but he also shows me how I can mature in my musicianship as a whole. I also chose Thornton because of the expertise in all aspects of the school. Being surrounded by so many skilled musicians throughout the week in the Thornton Symphony, Wind Ensemble, chamber ensembles, and even studio classes, prepares me for what life in the music industry will be like in the future.