Eos Sextet

March 3, 2017

The Eos Sextet, a saxophone sextet comprised of Arizona State University music undergraduate and graduate music students, has been awarded first prize in the ENKOR International Music Competition. The ENKOR competition includes a jury of over 500 members from 70 countries on six continents.

The Eos Sextet is a chamber ensemble devoted to expanding the possibilities of saxophone chamber music. The group includes junior music education major Grace Chen, second-year master's students Andrew Lammly, Curren Myers and Fangyi Niu, and third-year doctoral students Sam Detweiler and Justin Rollefson. Christopher Creviston, associate professor of saxophone, coaches the group. Eos Sextet Download Full Image

The group has worked to create a new set of repertoire for the saxophone sextet medium. By commissioning contemporary works from composers such as Gregory Wanamaker, Carl Schimmel and David Dies, in addition to creating original arrangements of classic masterworks, Eos continues to build upon the rich tradition of saxophone chamber music in an innovative way.

The competition takes place online via applications with video submission and is the only online competition for classical music performers. “Our adjudication system and the number of judges is a guarantee that the level of proficiency and artistry can be ranked with maximum accuracy and eliminate the risk for positive or negative prejudice or underhand stipulations,” according to the ENKOR competition.

Eos competes in the Music Teacher National Association Conference Wind Chamber Music Competition in Baltimore, Maryland, March 18. All students received student enrichment grants from the School of Music and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts to compete in the regional competition in Honolulu, Hawaii, in early January and in Baltimore.

Going behind 'Hidden Figures'

ASU Piper center hosts author Margot Lee Shetterly, who will speak on the women featured in the new Oscar-nominated film

March 3, 2017

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing will be presenting Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race," at 7 p.m. April 4 at the Orpheum Theatre.

A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk; the event is open to the public and free. Individuals are encouraged to RSVP online at http://piper-center-hidden-figures.eventbrite.com. Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race," will speak at a free event April 4 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix.

Beginning in World War II and moving through the Cold War, "Hidden Figures" follows the interwoven careers of four African-American women at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia. While Jim Crow laws segregated and removed them from public memory, these women of color were significant and crucial contributors to some of NASA’s greatest achievements — putting John Glenn into orbit, landing men on the moon and laying a foundation for the modern flight industry.

While the public has become increasingly interested in the role of women in science, technology, education and mathematics, it has also seen a rise in unresolved narratives from the civil rights era. Nathalia Holt’s "Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars" and Devery S. Anderson’s "Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement," for example, were both released earlier this year. Bringing together multiple audiences and uniting disparate fields of discourse, "Hidden Figures" is well-poised to tackle these issues, sensitively exploring race, gender, representation and privilege as it recovers a lost chapter of American history.

The book has been adapted into a major motion picture by 20th Century Fox starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali and Kevin Costner, released in theaters on Jan. 6.

About Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly is an entrepreneur, writer and researcher whose debut book is "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" (William Morrow/HarperCollins). A 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, she is also the founder of the digital archive The Human Computer Project and the co-founder of the magazine Inside Mexico. http://margotleeshetterly.com

About the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

Established in 2003, The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is a non-academic unit at Arizona State University that serves as the artistic and intellectual heart of a vibrant, multinational, and diverse community of writers, dedicated to serving the public through exceptional literary programs and resources. http://piper.asu.edu

Jake Friedman

Coordinator, Virginia G. Piper for Creative Writing