In the News: Emory Students Featured in USA Today

Emory student Stephanie Chan 14C is featured in a USA Today article (Nov. 25, “Students innovate in ‘visual culture’ with Instagram”)  about creating apps to use with Instagram, a mobile phone app available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android users. According to the article, she teamed up with two fellow students (Michael Simon and Denver Rayburn) to create Posterfuse, a website that allows users to create and purchase personalized collages by aggregating Instagram and Facebook photos using a “drag and drop” interface.

Chan said she uses Instagram as a way to craft her “social media identity” and connect with her friends in a medium of artistic imagery.

“We live in a visual culture, and people like seeing things, and being up on other people with what they do and the things they experience,” Chan said. “It’s a very easy way to share your memories.”

As a former photographer, Chan said she was originally hesitant to use a program that simplifies and digitalizes the work of traditional photography, but she said she ultimately grew to appreciate the retro feel of the app — which features an array of filters with names like “1977” and “Lo-fi” — and its ease in sharing.

“I liked the fact that it sort of gave that old-school filter feel, and I used to do photography seriously, and I know there’s that whole contradiction between using Instagram and what photographers are supposed to be,” she said.

See related blogpost about Stephanie and Posterfuse

Emory Symphonic Winds Releases Album

In the World of Spirits, the first album of wind band/ensemble music recorded by the Emory Symphonic Winds, is now available on the Naxos Wind Band Classics Label. The album went live on iTunes,  Spotify,, and the Naxos Music Library in October 2012 (CDs are also available).
The music on the album is largely classical Christmas music for wind band/ensemble, including compositions by Gustav Holst, Claude T. Smith, and Philip Sparke.  The epic wind classic “Russian Christmas Music” by Alfred Reed is a centerpiece, and Leroy Anderson’s jaunty “Sleigh Ride” adds some fun to the final track.
Two special songs, one by film and television composer Bruce Broughton (of “Silverado” and “Tiny Toons” fame), and another by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon (who attended kindergarten at Emory), were both commissioned by the Emory Wind Ensemble with funding from the University Research Fund and Center for Creativity in the Arts. Both of these pieces are now published and being programmed in the college and professional music worlds.
Of his composition, Broughton writes:  “In the World of Spirits was inspired by, but does not directly reference, the energy, power and terror in the native American magical world of spirit. Dr. Scott Stewart and the Emory Winds give the piece an energetically enthusiastic performance for this premiere recording.”
The Emory Symphonic Winds is a recording group which assembles every summer to record approximately three to four pieces in a nine hours of recording.  Members are current and alumni members of the Emory Wind Ensemble and Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, plus a few members of the Atlanta music community with Emory connections.  Scott Stewart programs and conducts the music, and Kay Fairchild, artist affiliate faculty in brass, serves as recording producer.

Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert Goes Primetime

The Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert, an Emory hallmark over the holiday season, reaches a larger audience this year when it will be aired by Georgia Public Broadcasting on Sunday, December 23, at 8pm.

Produced by the W.B. Yeats Foundation at Emory and directed by James Flannery, the Concert celebrates in music, dance, poetry, song and story the high spirits and mystical beauty of the Irish and Scots-­Irish Christmas traditions and their connections with the traditional culture of the American South. Last year’s show won the 2012 Southeast Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Entertainment. Featured artists include three Grammy Award winners:

  • Moya Brennan, known as “the First Lady of Celtic Song,” performing a number of familiar and lesser-­known Christmas carols;
  • Riverdance composer Bill Whelan with a beautiful choral setting of a 7th century Irish prayer poem, “Quis Est Deus”; and
  • Alison Brown, one of the great five-string banjo players in the world and the first woman ever to win the Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, performing bluegrass music with close ties to the Celtic lands.

Also featured in the concert are the soulful harmonies of Rising Appalachia, a dynamic duo winning applause with their innovative interpretations of traditional Southern music. Other crowd-­pleasing performers are percussionist Joe Craven, renowned Irish balladeer John Doyle as well as stellar uillean piper John Maschinot, old-­time fiddle trio the Rosin Sisters and some of the top traditional musicians of the Southeast.

W.B. Yeats Foundation Homepage

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2011 Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert GPB special opening

Art History Students Tackle Parthenon Frieze Question

Emory students and scholars, under the direction of Bonna Wescoat, Professor of Art History, are working together to investigate the visibility of the Parthenon frieze by recreating reliefs (currently on view London and Athens museums) and installing them on the Nashville Parthenon.

The Parthenon Project Team will install the temporary frieze on November 10, 2012.

Read more about the project at the eScienceCommons blog.