April 24, 2023
Fincher has been recognized as the College of Media, Communication and Information’s William W. White Outstanding Graduate. This award is bestowed to the student graduating with the highest GPA in CMCI.
“Graduating from college represents empowerment and self-determination through hard work, especially for women from diverse backgrounds,” Fincher said, who identifies as a mixed-race Japanese American.
April 20, 2023
Congratulations to Izzy Fincher—the College of Music’s Outstanding Graduating Senior this spring—who will graduate with a BM in classical guitar performance, a BA in journalism, a business minor with a Music Entrepreneurship Certificate and a Music Theory Certificate, exemplifying the College of Music’s universal musician mission.
May 6, 2021
As arts editor for the CU Independent, Fincher further strives to cover diverse, underrepresented artists and creatives in the Boulder area. “This semester, I focused on writing about local AAPI [Asian American and Pacific Islander] creatives who are exploring and representing their identities,” she explains. “As a Japanese-American woman, I feel particularly connected to this work.”
Feb. 18, 2020
In 2019, Izzy was selected for the American Music Research Center’s George Lynn Memorial Award to transcribe several of Lynn’s chamber and solo instrumental works for classical guitar and flute duo. Read more about her project here.
April 20, 2018
If music is the universal language, Isabella “Izzy” Fincher is a master linguist.
She started playing piano when she was three or four, tried other instruments, picked up the guitar when she was six and discovered that was the one for her. “I think I literally played every instrument,” she says, including flute and drums. Her affinity for the guitar has its roots in practicality, though.
“I was good at it; it wasn’t frustrating for me,” she explains. “I believe it is what I was meant to be doing.”