Molly Tutt

Major: Double Bass Performance

Minor: Dynamics of Early Childhood

Graduation year: 2021

Hometown: Arlington, TX

USC Organizations: I Am That Girl, USC Helenes

Hashtag to describe yourself: #stressedbutblessed

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

My favorite experience in the USC Thornton program was playing in Walt Disney Concert Hall. I played with the wind ensemble, choir, and orchestra, which made the experience unique and rewarding. The feeling of collaboration and joy that we created as an ensemble can never be replaced nor destroyed, and I would not have been able to have an experience that intense amount of focus and excitement with any other school.

What was your favorite USC GE class?

My sophomore year I was enrolled in a GE called The Human Animal. This course covers the evolution of the human species and how it relates to primates and primitive human species. I have always been interested in biology, so this course allowed me to further dive into the qualities that make us human.

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

I love that there is always something to do in Los Angeles. Whether it’s going to a local jazz concert, an LA Phil performance, or just exploring the city, there is never a time when I don’t have options for things to go and experience.

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

When I was applying for college, I wish I would have had more trust in my own feelings towards a school and not been overwhelmed or conflicted by the many opinions others were offering. Although the thoughts from others were helpful in my decision-making process, it ultimately was my impression of the school and how welcomed and nurtured I felt that made the ultimate influence on deciding to attend USC.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

I love the area of campus right next to Bovard Auditorium just before Associates Park. It is so beautiful in the mornings just before campus is crowded. It looks like it should be in a fairytale.

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

I love that anytime I have a question over any matter related to music, I always have a resource to go to. From my double bass professor to my aural skills TA, I always know I have supportive faculty that want to do whatever they can to ensure I am equipped with the knowledge I need to handle any difficulty I may face.

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

I chose Thornton School because of the excitement of LA and the opportunity to work with my professor, David Allen Moore. The idea of living in LA and all the new experiences that it would bring was so exciting to me, especially because I wanted to expand my knowledge of music past my classical boundaries.