Trojan Family Weekend

USC Thornton events at Trojan Family Weekend

Oct. 6 – 9, 2022

Join the USC Thornton School of Music for Trojan Family Weekend on Thursday, Oct. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 9. Trojan Family Weekend is USC’s annual celebration serving as an opportunity for families to visit campus and get an up-close look at our university community.


The weekend features events across the university, and what follows is a list of events hosted by USC Thornton. Admission is free. Be sure to register here for full access to all or some of the weekend’s events.

Friday – 10/7

8:30 – 10:15 a.m. | USC University Club

USC Thornton School of Music Dean’s Reception

*Seating is limited. Registration required.

Join interim dean Josh Kun for this signature Trojan Family Weekend event. Enjoy breakfast and connect with fellow USC Thornton families.

Photo of Seth Parker Woods smiling indoors.

Friday – 10/7

3:00 – 3:50 p.m. | Ramo Recital Hall

Musical Conversation and Intimate Performance with Seth Parker Woods

*Seating is limited. Registration required.

Join interim dean Josh Kun and acclaimed cellist and new faculty member Seth Parker Woods for an intimate, musical conversation about shaping creativity and music careers against the changing landscape of the contemporary music world. Woods’ projects move across genres and traditions, and embrace new media, reimagining traditional works and commissioning new ones to propel classical music into the future.

Photo of a mixing board under blue and purple light.

Friday – 10/7

4:10 – 5:00 p.m. | Ramo Recital Hall

Preparing for the 21st Century Music World: Stories from Music Industry and the Pop Program

*Seating is limited. Registration required.

Gain some insight into our Contemporary Music Division as interim dean Josh Kun leads a discussion with faculty and students from the Music Industry and Popular Music programs. Questions they’ll address include: How are we training students for the 21st-century music world? What are the career options in these fields?  How can students succeed in the field of music?  What graduate opportunities exist through progressive degrees and other graduate avenues for continued education?

Photo of a performer's reflection in a trombone.

Friday – 10/7

7:30 p.m. | Bovard Auditorium

A performance with the USC Thornton Winds

*Admission is free and open to the public.

Resident conductor Sharon Lavery leads the USC Thornton Winds in a performance that celebrates USC Thornton’s Composition program. The ensemble will perform wind arrangements of O Magnum Mysterium, the lauded choral work composed by recipient of the 2007 National Medal of Arts and Thornton Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Composition Morten Lauridsen, as well as Mariachitlán, a recent, Latin GRAMMY-nominated work by Thornton Composition Program Lecturer Juan Pablo Contreras.

Photo of a student playing an early music flute.

Friday – 10/7

8:00 p.m. | Newman Recital Hall

A performance with the Baroque Sinfonia

*Admission is free and open to the public.

The Baroque Sinfonia, USC Thornton’s early music ensemble directed by Rotem Gilbert and Jason Yoshida, presents, “Concerto delle Donne: Music by and for Women in early Baroque Italy” featuring compositions by Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani and Isabella Leonarda.

Sunday – 10/9

7:00 p.m. | Newman Recital Hall

USC Polish Music Center presents the 2022 Paderewksi Lecture-Recital

The USC Polish Music Center presents the 2022 Paderewski Lecture-Recital celebrating Hanna Kulenty, a celebrated composer who divides her time between her native Poland and the Netherlands. With works commissioned and performed by renowned ensembles and musicians throughout Europe, Kulenty’s catalogue ranges from intimate solo explorations of form to large-scale triumphs of ensemble sound. Selections of these works will be performed by USC Thornton musicians, both student and professional, and preceded by the composer’s lecture about her oeuvre.