Photo of Abby Aresty
  • Technical Director and Lecturer


  • BM in composition, Eastman School of Music, 2006
  • MM in composition, University of Michigan, 2008
  • DMA in composition, University of Washington, 2012


Abby Aresty is a composer and sound artist who uses technology to facilitate unexpected interactions between people, the built environment, and the natural world. Her projects are playful, meditative listening interventions that seek to provoke audience reflection on habitual listening practices in contemporary sonic environments.

Aresty’s site-specific installations have been featured in local and national news outlets; Paths II: The Music of Trees, a temporary installation in Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum, was featured in an interview with Melissa Block on NPR’s All Things Considered and was hailed as “otherworldly” and “sometimes eerie, sometimes transportingly lovely,” by the Seattle Times.

Aresty has presented her research in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong, in conferences including ICMC, Balance/Unbalance, ISEA, and Sonic Environments. She has held fellowships at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, Grinnell College, and the Acoustic Ecology Lab at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts.



  • Abby Aresty Presents at Conference

    July 21, 2020

    Technical Director and Lecturer Abby Aresty and Rachel Gibson '20 presented the "Crafting Sound Workshop: Accessible Interfaces for Education and Creation," at the remote New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2020 conference. 

  • ArtiFACT Project Team Selected for CODEX Institute

    July 12, 2020

    The ArtiFACT project team, including Abby Aresty, technical director and lecturer for Technology in Music and Related Arts; Larissa Fekete, director of English for Speakers of Other Languages; Abe Reshad, director of the Cooper International Learning Center; and research assistant and computer science major Ivy Fu '22, was selected to participate in the inaugural Ohio Five CODEX Institute. The institute provides for a cohort of faculty to work in collaboration with instructional technologists, librarians, and students from the Ohio Five to redesign or augment existing courses with new approaches that foster critical engagement through digital technologies. 

  • Abby Aresty Teaches Workshop in Hong Kong

    June 18, 2019

    TIMARA Technical Director and Lecturer Abby Aresty taught a workshop on multimodal, interactive storytelling for 40 college students from around the world as part of a summer institute on humanitarian entrepreneurship at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.


Welcome Showers

April 28, 2020
Oberlin students lead ‘‘Gratitude Challenge’’ with area hospital and children.

This Week in Photos: March 4

March 4, 2020
Alumni journalist and authors, the first black woman to stage an opera in the United States is honored, and TIMARA students who turn words of gratitude into works of audible art at a nearby hospital are just some of the features in this week’s photo series.