Trojan Family Weekend


October 31 – November 3, 2019

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 check out one of our featured programs – You can find the full list of exciting events, including concerts, mixers, lectures, and open houses on the official schedule.

Explore USC Thornton’s PERFORMANCESFEATURED PROGRAMS


Performances

JAZZ NIGHT

Friday, November 1 at 5:00PM • The Songwriter’s Theater (TMC)
USC Thornton Jazz students
Students from Thornton’s jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works.

USC THORNTON WIND ENSEMBLE

Friday, November 1 at 7:30PM • Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
USC Thornton Wind Ensemble led by faculty members H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery
H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a majestic rendition of Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.” Other works include “Petite Symphonie” by Charles Gounod, Symphonies of Wind Instruments and “Concertino” by Igor Stravinsky and Gunther Schuller’s Symphony for Brass and Percussion, Op. 16.


Featured Programs

CLASSICAL REDESIGN & PROFESSIONAL MASTERS DEGREES

Thursday, October 31 from 10-10:50AM • Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Room 450, The Forum
Dean Robert Cutietta
Classical ReDesign: The USC Thornton School has recently announced a truly bold change in how we will educate our classical music students. The Classical ReDesign, as we have termed it, has gotten extensive attention by the musical community world-wide. Current Freshman in the Thornton School will be the first to experience this new model of teaching. This session will describe the fundamental changes and allow time for questions from Parents.
Professional Masters Degrees: Dean Cutietta 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.

MUSICIAN HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS & GLOBAL STUDY FOR MUSIC STUDENTS

Thursday, October 31 from 1-1:50PM • Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Room 232
Dean Robert Cutietta & Stephen Pierce, Associate Professor of Practice, Keyboard Studies
Musician Health & Wellness Programs:  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:  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!

DEAN’S BREAKFAST

Friday, November 1 from 8:30-10:15AM • 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.

VOCAL FORUM

Friday, November 1 at 12:00-1:50PM • MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)
USC Thornton Vocal Arts students
Join the USC Thornton Vocal Arts students as they sing an array of individual songs and arias. A reception to follow. Priority for the event will be given to parents and guests of enrolled students. General admission will depend on what space is available once the students and their guests are in the room.

CHORAL MUSIC LECTURE

Friday, November 1 from 2:00PM-3:45PM • MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)
VOCES8
The Christine Ofiesh Lecture Series in Choral Music presents a lecture with VOCES8, a renowned British a cappella octet. Touring globally, the group performs an extensive repertory both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the VOCES8’s performance and education ethos. The group’s touring highlights of the season include concerts throughout the UK and Europe, across USA and Japan, and debut visits to Australia and Lithuania. Priority for the event will be given to parents and guests of enrolled students. General admission will depend on what space is available once the students and their guests are in the room.

POPULAR MUSIC FORUM

Friday, November 1 from 2:00-4:00PM • Newman Recital Hall (AHF)
Jack Conte, musician, singer-songwriter, disc jockey, entrepreneur, and filmmaker
Learn more about the special topics and issues confronting the popular musician in this weekly lecture series. Guest speaker, Jack Conte, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, disc jockey, entrepreneur, and filmmaker. He is one half of musical duo Pomplamoose, along with his wife Nataly Dawn. He is also CEO and co-founder of Patreon and plays keyboards in the funk band, Scary Pockets. Priority for the event will be given to parents and guests of enrolled students. General admission will depend on what space is available once the students and their guests are in the room.