Jacob Hofeling named student carillonneur 3 years in a row

November 5, 2014

Jacob Hofeling, a senior organ performance major in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, has been named the Arizona State Credit Union Student Carillonneur for the third year in a row.

He will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Arizona State Credit Union for the 2014-2015 academic year. Download Full Image

Hofeling will present three concerts on Arizona State University's 258-bell Symphonic Carillon during the academic year.

“Arizona State Credit Union has been a proud sponsor of the Carillon Society for many years, and we have awarded Jacob with the Student Carillonneur Scholarship three years in a row,” said Brandon Teichert, manager of the ASU branch.

“We are pleased to award such a talented and well-rounded student with the scholarship; especially someone so engrained in the fabric of the Herberger Institute and the Carillon Society. On behalf of the Credit Union I’d like to congratulate Jacob and thank the Carillon Society for such a wonderful partnership.”

Hofeling, who plans to earn a graduate degree in organ performance, has written music for the carillon in addition to giving solo performances. He also has combined carillon music with synthesized music using computer software.

“The carillon is a fascinating instrument, and its complexities amaze me. I've learned so much about improvisation with certain limitations that make it an exciting experience,” Hofeling said.

“Certain combinations of notes don't sound as good on the carillon as they would, say, on a piano and vice versa. The carillon really brings out interesting colors of tones and textures. It has been a great journey to hear the versatility and flexibility of this fantastic instrument.”

Hofeling said that as the Arizona State Credit Union Student Carillonneur, he has most enjoyed being able to compose and perform his own pieces.

“It has long been a hobby of mine to synthesize and to create my own sounds and compositions using computer software. It's been fun to hear how well the carillon really works with this technology. It's like a combination of the past with the present, and it works surprisingly well.”

Hofeling’s dream is to be an organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and play “the amazing Salt Lake Tabernacle organ.”

He added, “I love music and plan for it to be a part of the rest of my life.”

The Symphonic Carillon was a gift from Associated Students of ASU to the university in 1966. For more information, go to www.asu.edu/carillon, or send an e-mail to carillon@asu.edu.

ASU archaeologist recognized for authentic writing on Hohokam practices

November 5, 2014

Arizona State University archaeologist Glen Rice has won the 2014 Don D. and Catherine S. Fowler Prize for his forthcoming book, "Sending the Spirits Home: The Archaeology of Hohokam Mortuary Practices."

The prize recognizes “substantive research and quality writing” that “focus on the human experience in the American West.” The award was bestowed by the University of Utah Press in an October ceremony. ASU Hohokam specialist Glen Rice Download Full Image

Rice specializes in the Hohokam and Mogollon cultures. He has overseen numerous excavations, including many associated with Arizona Department of Transportation freeway construction near Hohokam sites.

He was part of a team that received a grant to digitize the reports from one such project in Phoenix. This information is now accessible via the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR).

For his book, Rice used data from several of these sites, as well as Akimel and Tohono O’Odham ethnographic data. Many believe that the Hohokam – who flourished in central Arizona for over 1,000 years before mysteriously vanishing in the fifteenth century – transitioned into the O’Odham.

Rice is a professor emeritus in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and formerly headed ASU’s Office of Cultural Resource Management.

Rebecca Howe

Communications Specialist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change