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A brief look at our current UCI Grad Students...

 

Jordan Tani
3rd year MFA

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Jordan Tani is excited to join the MFA program here at UCI. He is a sound designer, projection designer, musician, performer, foley artist, and composer with experience in recording and mixing sound/music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Literature and Technology from the University of California, San Diego focusing in Ethnomusicology of traditional folk music of Japan in his free time. During his final year of undergrad he found a creative outlet through sound design and theatre and designed many of the UCSD undergraduate plays and festivals including the 24-hour Play Festival, Strange Huntings, Morgan the Fish, Let’s Talk About You Next Time, Gruesome Playground Injuries and the musicals Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Legally Blonde, and Annie.
He approaches his designs by combining naturalism with a strong musical background to create a stylized sound that affects the experiences of both performer and listener. He is most interested in creating realistic and natural soundscapes that transport the listener into the unique world of the story, whether that be through theatre, animation, or purely sound itself. In his free time, he is a composer and performer of taiko. He practices various other instruments (specifically cello) and tries to find the time to relax, practice, and eventually become the next best Super Smash Bros. Melee player.

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Ningru Guo
2nd year MFA

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Ning comes to us from Singapore, where she turned a childhood love of musical theatre into a passion for both musicals and straight plays. She has extensive credits in both fields, and she's coming to UCI to build on her foundation in both aspects of sound design.
 

Andrew Tarr
2nd Year MFA

Andrew recently graduated from Purdue University, and he has started building his career with productions in NYC, Indiana, Texas, and points in between. He has a strong foundation in design and composition, and he's coming to UCI to develop both more fully.

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Jack Bueermann
1st year MFA

Jack is thrilled to have joined the UCI Sound Design program. He recently graduated from the University of Redlands where he designed multiple major productions. Since graduating, Jack has worked professionally as an assistant sound designer in the Los Angeles area. More recently, he has been working as the A1 at the San Diego Repertory Theatre where he mixed the world premier of Hershey Felder's Our Great Tchaikovsky. Jack is passionate about theater and story-telling through sound, and is excited to collaborate with the talented faculty and students at UCI

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Hunter Moody
1st year MFA

Hunter Moody is incredibly honored to join the sound design program at UCI! A native Arkansan, he first discovered the fascinating world of sound design in his undergraduate years. After graduation, he set out for eastern Kentucky to join the 2013 summer season of Jenny Wiley Theatre as the A2. With the advent of potential full-time work in 2015, he was promoted to resident sound and graphic media designer. He has since designed the sound for and engineered over thirty productions between JWT and the budding University of Pikeville Theatre program. Hunter has developed extensive experience in educational theatre, working with the Jenny Wiley Footlights Theatre, a pre-professional TFYA program, and guest lecturing at the University of Pikeville. Outside of theatre, he has designed sound for dance, voice-over, and competition, with experience in audio engineering for concert venues, church events, and live comedy. His research interests include the historical contexts of music, the psychoanalytic effects of sound upon memory and mood, and innovations in audio production technology. In his free time, Hunter is an avid video gamer and loves (trying) to bake. BFA Theatrical Design/Technology, Arkansas State University

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...and an honorable mention to our Undergraduate Honors Alumni

 
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Class of 2018
Well, they keep graduating more quickly than we can accept them into the Honors program in Sound!
 
 
 

...and our incoming MFA class of 2021

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This could be you!
Class of 2020
 
This could be you!
Class of 2020