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 8-9:30PM • Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Tommy’s Place
Patrice Rushen, Popular Music Chair and Andy Abad, Popular Music Faculty
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. This venue has limited capacity and priority will be given to families of performers.

USC THORNTON VOCAL ARTS DEPARTMENT STUDENT RECITAL

Friday, October 12 from 12-1:50PM • Newman Recital Hall (AHF)
Lisa Sylvester, Chair, Vocal Arts and Opera
Undergraduate and graduate students from the Thornton Vocal Arts department will perform art songs and arias by a variety of composers ranging from the Baroque masters to composers of our time. This student recital is one of the department’s weekly Vocal Forums where all students gather for masterclasses, workshops and presentations.

CONCERTO NIGHT WITH THE USC THORNTON SYMPHONY

Friday, October 12 from 7:30-9:30PM • Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
Andrés Cárdenes, guest conductor, artistic director of the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic
Guest conductor Andrés Cárdenes, artistic director of the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic, leads the USC Thornton Symphony in the annual Concerto Night, showcasing three outstanding student and graduate soloists. Elissa Brown will perform Christophe Rouse’s Flute Concerto, while violinist Strauss Shi will perform Fran Waxman’s “Carmen Fantasie,” and Yuhan Yeh will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

POPULAR MUSIC SECOND-YEAR SHOWCASE

Friday, October 12 from 8-10PM • Carson Center (CTV) Room 136A
Sean Holt, Assistant Professor of Practice, Popular Music and Music Technology
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 • Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Room 232
William Kanengiser, Associate Professor of Classical Guitar, Co-founder of the Thornton Health & Wellness Committee and Erin M. Hayden, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Bachelors of Arts in Music, and Coree Levy, DC, CCSP, USC Engemann Student Health Center, Keck Medicine
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 & 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 & THORNTON’S NEW PROFESSIONAL MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMS

Thursday, October 11th from 4-4:50PM • Tutor Campus Center (TCC) 350/351/352
Mist Thorkelsdottir, Head of International Programs for the Performing Arts and Dan Carlin, Professor of Practice and Chair, Screen Scoring
Learn how the USC Thornton School of Music is becoming a leader in providing international educational experiences for Undergraduate music students. Study abroad experiences that last from one week to one semester are planned in Paris, Amsterdam, Oslo, Helsinki, and more! Mist Thorkelsdottir, Head of International Programs in the Performing arts, will provide details and answer questions. Then, Dan Carlin will explore five new, one-year masters degrees for music students who want to continue their studies with a degree that leads to a specific career in music. Hear how a Master’s Degree in the areas of Arts Leadership, Contemporary Teaching Practice, Community Music, Music Industry, or Screen Scoring are supporting students with a musical background, as well those with a lifelong passion for music, to expand their professional opportunities.

DEAN’S BREAKFAST

Friday, October 12th from 8:30-10:00AM • USC University Club (KSH) Main Dining Room
Dean Robert Cutietta
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 Robert A. Cutietta, Thornton School of Music and Kaufman School of Dance, Jodie Gates, Vice Dean and Director Kaufman School of Dance, Vice Dean Lori Fisher, School of Dramatic Arts, and Parmer Fuller, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Vocal Arts and Opera
Dean Robert A. Cutietta will be joined by Vice Dean Jodie Gates, Vice Dean Lori Fisher, and Professor Parmer Fuller to discuss the rapidly growing field of musical theatre. They’ll also talk about USC’s newest BFA in 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 12th from 2-4PM • Carson Center (CTV) Room 136A
Patrice Rushen, Popular Music Chair
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. Please note there is limited capacity and entry is exclusively for parents/families of students registered in this class. Parents/families planning to attend should request additional details directly from their registered student. Seating is not guaranteed and most will be offered “standing room only” access to this session.


Classes

UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR

Thursday, October 11th from 2-3:50PM • Raubenheimer Music Faculty Building (MUS) MacDonald Recital Hall 106
Cristian Grases, Associate Professor, Choral & Sacred Music
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. Accompanied by the USC Symphony Orchestra, the Choir will sing the Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” in Walt Disney Concert Hall on April 15, 2019.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Thursday, October 11th from 2-3:50PM • Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES) Room 138A
Donald Crockett, Chair, Composition
Performance of 20th-century music; readings of student and faculty compositions; experimental music; guest conductors, composers, performers; annual concert series.

VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

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

RECITAL CHOIR

Friday, October 12th from 2-3:50PM • Raubenheimer Music Faculty Building (MUS) MacDonald Recital Hall 106
Micah Bland & Daniel Gee
Second-year doctoral candidate Daniel Gee and first-year doctoral candidate Micah Bland will be preparing music for their doctoral recitals with the Repertory Singers in the 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 2-4:50PM • Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
Andrés Cárdenes, guest conductor, artistic director of the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic
Rehearsal of the orchestra repertoire for the concert performance that evening featuring guest conductor Andrés Cárdenes, artistic director of the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic, who will lead the USC Thornton Symphony in the annual Concerto Night, showcasing three outstanding student and graduate soloists. Elissa Brown will perform Christophe Rouse’s Flute Concerto, while violinist Strauss Shi will perform Fran Waxman’s “Carmen Fantasie,” and Yuhan Yeh will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.


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