Kristy Morrell

USC Thornton School of Music
Kristy Morrell
Photo by Steve Cohn Photography

I honestly feel that I have the best job in the world. In my capacity at USC, students enter my studio with their dreams and together we find a way to make them a reality. It is an immense privilege and one that is endlessly rewarding. For me, mentoring graduate students is really helping them to believe in themselves and in the unique gifts they have to share. Great mentors are part cheerleader, part coach, part psychologist, and part parent. I try to offer a safe place to dream, to create, to fail, and to continually strive toward artistic excellence. Our students at USC are talented, bright, creative, and ambitious. They inspire me daily to dig deeper into my own artistry and scholarship. Perhaps the greatest value of mentoring is that it is mutually beneficial; we all learn and grow from the shared experience.

I would not be where I am today if it were not for the great mentors who believed in my potential and showed me the way. It is my distinct honor to do the same for younger generations of artists. The future of music looks very bright in their capable hands.