Yuanyuan (Kay) He

Assistant Professor of Music Composition, Fred Fox School of Music
Affiliated Faculty, School of Information
Portrait of Kay He in the Arts courtyard


Touching the Stars Sensor Demonstration
Sunday, March 13, 1 p.m.
Rooftop Stage

StellarScape Premiere
Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m.
Surround Stage


Touching the Stars Sensor Demonstration

See and try motion sensors paired with thermal cameras through a series of interactive art modules as was used in StellarScape. 

StellarScape [Premieres Sunday]

StellarScape is an unprecedented combination of music, dance, and cinematography, blended with state-of-the-art data visualization and astrophysical simulation. The theme is astronomical, but the vision is humanistic. It shows that computers can be harnessed to create complex and evocative music, and technology can be deployed to display the grace of human movement and dance. The main outcome of this project will be to draw new audiences to a modern, science inspired multimedia work.

Sonoran Surroundscape

An immersive animated  color study inspired by the Mt. Lemmon landscape in the Santa Catalinas just north of Tucson. Supported by an original composition including the sounds of the desert.


Dr. Yuanyuan (Kay) He is a composer and multimedia artist with roots in China. Her works often explore and intertwine various forms of media to create unique audiovisual experiences that engage the audience. Many of her works involve collaborations with choreographers, dancers, video artists, audio technicians, and stage lighting and design artists. As a multimedia composer, she is very active in the music community. Kay serves as the Creative Director for Electronic Music Midwest (EMM), which is an annual music festival dedicated to programming a wide variety of electroacoustic music and providing high quality electronic media performances. She is also the founder and Director of the Turn Up Multimedia Festival, which works to promote Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Culture-Connecting, and Equality. She is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, where she teaches composition, electro-acoustic music, multimedia, and orchestration.