Trojan Family Weekend

October 11-14, 2018

This October, USC Thornton welcomes Trojan parents and families to our campus for the annual Trojan Family Weekend. Catch a football game, see a concert, or sit in on a class – You can find the full list of exciting events, including concerts, mixers, lectures, and open houses on the official schedule.

Explore USC Thornton’s PERFORMANCES  •  FEATURED PROGRAMS  •  CLASSES


Performances

POPULAR MUSIC FIRST-YEAR SHOWCASE

Wednesday, October 10 from 8PM • Tommy’s Place (TCC)
Get a jump start on Trojan Family Weekend a day early and join Thornton’s first-year Popular Music program students as they perform in this spectacular mid-term showcase event! Hailed by Rolling Stone as “the cutting-edge department that’s become the site of Los Angeles’ most productive new music scenes,” the Popular Music Program at the USC Thornton School of Music is a unique music degree program for the rock, pop, R&B, folk, Latin and country artist.

CONCERTO NIGHT WITH THE USC THORNTON SYMPHONY

Friday, October 12 from 7:30PM • Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
Experience live classical music played exquisitely by the talented USC Thornton School of Music Symphony at its annual Concerto Night. The performance includes a showcase of outstanding student soloists.

POPULAR MUSIC SECOND-YEAR SHOWCASE

Friday, October 12 from 8PM • Carson Center (CTV)
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “the cutting-edge department that’s become the site of Los Angeles’ most productive new music scenes,” the Popular Music Program at the USC Thornton School of Music is a unique music degree program for the rock, pop, R&B, folk, Latin and country artist. Come Hear performances by second-year students as they perform at this showcase event. Please note this venue has limited capacity and entry is not guaranteed; priority will be given to parents/families of the student performers.


Featured Programs

MUSICIAN HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAMS

Thursday, October 11th from 1-1:50PM • Location TBD
Explore a wealth of innovative wellness programs offered to all USC Thornton students to help each take steps toward feeling healthier, happier and more in control of their physical, mental and emotional health needs. Designed by expert faculty from the Musician’s Health and Wellness Committee, resources include workshops, clinics and access to care. Each are created to meet the unique needs of musicians.

GLOBAL STUDY FOR MUSIC STUDENTS

Thursday, October 11th from 4-4:50PM • Location TBD
Discover how USC Thornton School of Music is one of the few music schools to offer students multiple opportunities for global study. Hear how our students experience firsthand the international language of music through programs such as its semester-long exchange programs in England, Finland and France and shorter programs in countries such as Indonesia, Italy and Norway.

USC THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC DEAN’S RECEPTION

Friday, October 12th from 8:30-10:15AM • USC University Club (KSH) Main Dining Room
Learn more about artistic collaborations at USC Thornton School of Music and USC Kaufman School of Dance that help our students and faculty form imaginative and creative partnerships across degree programs, disciplines, and passions. Robert Cutietta, dean of both schools, will highlight several of the schools’ joint programs, such as the Choreographers and Composers Concert, a collaborative performance created by student dancers, composers and choreographers. We’ll also talk about our Maymester course in Paris that allows students to explore sites of artistic inspiration and collaboration. Join us for breakfast and insight into how the schools are preparing artists for life.

NEW MUSICAL THEATRE DEGREE PROGRAM

Friday, October 12th from 11:30AM-12:20PM • Bing Theatre (BIT)
Dean David Bridel of USC School of Dramatic Arts and Dean Robert A. Cuttieta of USC Thornton School of Music and USC Kaufman School of Dance will discuss the rapidly growing field of contemporary musical theatre. They’ll also talk about USC’s newest BFA in Contemporary Musical Theatre, which offers students opportunities to learn and create as composers, lyricists, book writers, directors and choreographers while collaborating with fellow students at all three schools.

POPULAR MUSIC FORUM

Friday, October 11th from 2-4PM • Location TBD
Gain insight into the music industry from working professionals. The Popular Music Forum is a lecture series that brings some of the biggest names in the music industry to campus to address a wide range of special topics and issues confronting the popular musician today. Throughout the course of the forum, guest speakers provide an overview of their careers in music and answer questions from students about their individual artistic process, the struggles they face as artists and how the music industry is evolving.


Classes

UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR

Thursday, October 11th from 2-3:50PM • Music Building (MUS) Room 106
The USC Thornton Concert Choir is a fully auditioned mixed chorus of approximately fifty voices representing a wide range of majors and musical backgrounds. Under the direction of Dr. Cristian Grases, the group explores classical and global repertoire from the Renaissance through the Twenty-First Century and is noted for its support of student composers.Performance of choral works of all styles and periods.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Thursday, October 11th from 2-3:50PM • Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)
Performance of 20th-century music; readings of student and faculty compositions; experimental music; guest conductors, composers, performers; annual concert series.

GUITAR ENSEMBLE

Thursday, October 11th from 2-4:50PM • Booth Hall (BMH) Room 100
Rehearsal and performance of literature composed, transcribed and arranged for small guitar ensembles, including literature for small ensembles of guitar and other instruments.

VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Thursday, October 11th from 4-5:50PM • The Music Center (TMC) Room G128
Study and performance of vocal ensemble literature from the Jazz idiom, with emphasis on improvisational techniques.

ORIANA WOMEN’S CHOIR

Thursday, October 11th from 4-5:50PM • Music Building (MUS) Room 106
The Oriana Choir welcomes any person at USC to participate in this treble ensemble. Performances include early and modern choral music from around the world. Rehearsal and performance of advanced chamber music written for women’s voices.

RECITAL CHOIR

Friday, October 12th from 2-3:50PM • Music Building (MUS) Room 106
Second Year Doctoral Students Ryan Chatterton and Daniel Gee will be preparing music for their second doctoral recital with the Repertory Singers in Jeanette McDonald Recital Hall. The ensemble is comprised of fellow graduate students and volunteer choristers from the greater USC community. Selections will encompass music from the Renaissance through the Twenty-First Century.

USC THORNTON SYMPHONY CONCERTO NIGHT REHEARSAL

Friday, October 12th from 2-3:50PM • Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
Rehearsal and performance of orchestra repertoire. The symphony will be rehearsing for the Concerto Night concert that evening.


Be sure to complete your registration at the official Trojan Family Weekend site.