Joseph Finkel

December 7, 2012

Joseph Finkel, a graduate student in music history in the Arizona State University School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, recently presented his research paper, “"Searching for a Sonic Ecology: John Luther Adams’s Dark Waves,”" at Ecomusicologies 2012, an international conference on music and ecology at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Organized by the American Musicological Society's Ecocriticism Study Group and the Society for Ethnomusicology Ecomusicology Special Interest Group, this conference was a pioneering event that showcased scholarly work on the relationships between music, nature and sustainability and brought together scholars from 10 countries. The conference featured refereed papers by many senior scholars and several doctoral students. Finkel was the youngest scholar on the program. He is now preparing his third conference paper, “"John Cage's Contribution to the United States Bicentennial, Renga with Apartment House 1776—a Patriotic Composition?”" which was selected in a blind review for the program of the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Music in Little Rock, Arkansas in spring 2013. Finkel’s research interests include 20th and 21st century music, experimentalism, microtonal music and ecomusicology. Download Full Image

Qian Yan

September 8, 2011

Qian Yan is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Design program in The Design School in the Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Yan acted as the product designer for the Team Note-Taker, and was responsible for physical design and user experience design. The team recently was awarded second place in the software design category of Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals this summer in New York City.

The Note-Taker project is developing an assistive technology to help low vision students take notes in class. This team of four consists of students from The Design School's Innovation Space program and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Download Full Image

Imagine Cup is an annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft which brings together young technologists worldwide to help resolve some of the world's toughest challenges. This year more than 300,000 students around the world registered for the competition. The Note-Taker team won the first place in U.S. finals and then went to New York City to represent the U.S. in the World Finals.

Read: "Note-Taker device promises to help students overcome visual impairments"

Christen Forrester

March 8, 2011

Christen Forrester is a graduate student in the Master of Science in design program in The Design School in the Arizona State University Herberger Institute. She was recently recognized by the ASU Graduate College as an outstanding graduate student for her collaboration with Aaron Redman and Erin Frisk, graduate students from the School of Sustainability, in the creation of FAVE Bags™,— reusable fruit and vegetable bags that are produced by women in rural El Salvador.

Forrester’'s graduate research focuses on the integral role of design in social advocacy, sustainability and innovative product development, applying these concepts in the establishment of a collaborative venture that aims to solve the problem of plastic waste, while providing upliftment opportunities for women in rural, underdeveloped communities and saving retailers thousands of dollars a year. Download Full Image

"“Empower Women, Protect the Planet,”" is the FAVE Bag tagline and philosophy upon which the company was founded. FAVE Bags™ have already found great success in local independent grocery stores and farmer’s markets and hope to expand into larger grocery chains in the near future.

For more information, visit: ASU Research Stories

Maria Teresa Miró

January 26, 2011

Maria Teresa Miró is an Master of Fine Arts in intermedia candidate in the Arizona State University School of Art. She created "The Bus Project," a study that focuses on the social impact of the public bus system in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, which she feels is an area with a strong car culture.

Her idea was born out of the frustration she felt while trying to move through the Phoenix southeast valley without a car using a system she believes is rampant with dysfunction and idiosyncrasies that seem endemic to most urban areas in the American Southwest. Download Full Image

With a fanzine structure, this ongoing project attempts to give a face to the urban landscape through dialogue and portraits of the people who move through it. "The Bus Project"is distributed throughout Phoenix for free.

Read the ASU News feature: "Riders speak in 'The Bus Project'", and The State Press feature: "Student project spotlights lives of Valley bus passengers."

Jacob Adler

October 1, 2010

Jacob Adler is a master's candidate in composition in the Arizona State University School of Music. In September 2010, he represented ASU and the U.S. at the international Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam, a music composition competition in which 21 composers were selected to perform their new works.

Adler’'s composition "Hollerin' in the OrgelPark," was written for four organs, two pianos and laptop. He won the organ prize and his piece can be heard on this website. Adler currently is writing a new composition to be premiered at next year's Gaudeamus festival. Hear more of Adler’s music at this website. Download Full Image

Read: "Grad student 'hollerin' for joy at winning music prize".

Mauricio Arias

July 23, 2010

Mauricio Arias is a Doctor of Music Arts piano performance candidate in the Arizona State University Herberger Institute School of Music. In April 2010, Mauricio represented ASU and Colombia at the live preliminaries of the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. The same month, he gave a recital in Poznan, Poland after being invited by the Adam Mickiewicz University Institute of the Polish Language's School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreign Students.

In May, Mauricio was awarded second prize at the Peabody Mason International Piano Competition in Boston, Massachusetts. During June 2010, he was sponsored by the Embassy of Poland in Colombia to give a recital commemorating the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth. Download Full Image

Sean Maness

July 6, 2010

Sean Maness is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in the Arizona State University Herberger Institute School of Music. In March 2010, Maness was selected for this summer's National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. He was one of four trumpeters selected from a national audition, which took place at the top music schools and conservatories in more than 15 cities throughout the United States. The orchestra presents three programs per week during its eight-week season.

Maness also recently won the Principal Trumpet position of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Nishinomiya, Japan, and his appointment was announced in April by the orchestra. Sean was selected from worldwide auditions in Nishinomiya, Toyko, Chicago, New York, London and Berlin. He is one of five musicians joining the orchestra in September. Download Full Image

Registration open for community arts classes

December 14, 2009

Draw out your inner artist and begin 2010 by enrolling in non-credit classes that stir your creative tendencies. Registration is underway for spring classes offered by the ASU Herberger Institute Community School for Design and the Arts. Advance your abilities and learn from the best ASU graduate students and professors, as well as participating community artists in a university setting. Instruction in several disciplines ranging from art, digital art and dance to design, drama and music is available to artists of all skill levels and ages from preschool through adult.

Everyone can take advantage of several new class offerings during the spring 2010 season. Private instruction now is available in art, dance, music and theatre. New adult art and design classes are available for ages 15 and up, including: drawing, painting, digital photography, digital animation, Web site design, blogs and branding, graphic design, fashion design, acting, piano and guitar. For the younger arts student, pre-school classes now are offered in art, dance, music and theatre. Download Full Image

Spring 2010 classes for aspiring artists of all ages begin in February on the ASU Tempe campus. Class space is limited, so now is the time to enroll your children and yourself. Spring 2010 registration continues through the first day of each class, as space allows. Financial aid and ASU student and staff discounts also are available. Some class restrictions may apply. For class times, locations and details, call the ASU Herberger Institute Community School for Design and the Arts at 480.727.0700, or visit:  ">">

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