Samuel Avila

Major: BM Choral Music

Minor: Musical Theatre

Graduation year: 2023

Hometown: Northridge, California

USC Organizations: USC Chamber Singers, USC American Choral Directors Association Student Chapter Secretary, USC Musical Theatre Repertory, Troy Tones A capella, & Student Employee for the Department of Public Safety

Hashtag to describe yourself: #sorryihaverehearsal

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

My favorite experience at Thornton was going on tour with USC’s Concert Choir in Las Vegas, Performing in Bovard Auditorium for our annual Winter Gala for the first time, and getting to meet Eric Whitacre at LAX.

What was your favorite USC GE class?

My favorite USC GE class was actually my freshman seminar class called Divine Women in the West – Their Rise and Fall. This class always challenged me to engage in thoughtful conversations with other freshman about gender and spirituality. This class was interesting and would definitely recommend for a freshman GESM!!!

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

Being a native to LA, My favorite thing about living in LA is the diversity of cultures, languages, food and music! Getting the opportunities to attend concerts of all different types of genres, walking down Melrose Avenue, or getting to drive down Mulholland (and yes it is all just like the movies!). LA is truly one of the premier cultural melting pots in the world.

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

Never be afraid to ask for help.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Hammocking on Thornton Lawn is the BEST.

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

My favorite thing about being a student in Thornton is the amazing opportunity to branch outside of your major and broaden your musicianship by taking courses in different departments. Being a choral music major, I had the chance to take classes in pop music and musical theatre. Here at Thornton you are never confined to any singular path, you are allowed to be whoever you want to be!

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

I chose to attend Thornton School of Music because I pursued choral music at a very young age and learning that USC had one of the best Choral programs in the country, truly solidified that USC is the university where I needed to be. I wanted to immerse myself in a community of musicians and faculty that would ultimately challenge me both academically and musically and inspire me to push myself, as well as take up exciting opportunities to become a professional musician in the heart of Los Angeles.