Koji Sakano

Major: BM Choral Music

Graduation year: 2023

Hometown: Pennington, NJ

USC Organizations: American Choral Directors Association, Nikkei Student Union

Hashtag to describe yourself: #nevernotnaptime

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

My favorite Thornton experience so far has been the choir program’s masterclass with Voces8. I’ve idolized the group for a long time and so singing with them was a dream come true.

What was your favorite USC GE class?

My GESM, Islam in America

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

ALL THE FOOD!! I tried KBBQ for the first time a week after getting to campus and I swear it changed my life…

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

I wish I knew that people will be there to help you through the transition to college life. I was really afraid of being in a new environment with totally new people. But, between RA meetings and the herd-mentality most freshman luckily have, I got to know a lot of people quickly!

Where is your favorite place on campus?

In the shade near the rocks by BMH

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

Having friends with so many different interests! In my first semester alone I was going to my friends’ operas, pop showcases, and musical theatre productions, among other things. I love seeing all of them exploring their interests, and it’s awesome to see them grow as artists in so many ways.

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

I chose it because, in all my college research, it was the only school that had a choral program that wasn’t specifically focused on choral music ed. I still have an interest in teaching, but I was looking for a program that would prepare me for professional choral singing or directing, and this program gives me all the undergrad preparation I could ask for.