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Music: Faculty and Staff

Professor

William M. Skoog. 2009. Chair. B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College; M.A., University of Denver; D.A., University of Northern Colorado. (Director of Choral Activities, Conducting, Voice.)

Associate Professor

Carole Choate Blankenship. 1990. B.A., Rhodes College; M.M., D.M.A., University of Memphis. (Voice, Music Theory, Music Literature.)
Thomas E. Bryant. 1987. B.M., M.M., University of Georgia; D.M., Northwestern University. (Piano, Collaborative Piano, Music Literature.)
Courtenay L. Harter. 2000. B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University; M.M., Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of Connecticut. (Music Theory, Music Cognition, Oboe/English Horn, Chamber Music.)
Vanessa L. Rogers. 2010. B.M.E., Illinois Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern California. (Music History, Music Literature, Search.)

Assistant Professors

John B. Bass, III. 2010. B.M., University of Southern Mississippi; M.M., Ph.D., University of Memphis. (Director of the Mike Curb Institute.)
Leah McGray. 2013. B.M., B.M.E., Acadia University; M.M., University of Toronto, Ph.D., Northwestern University. (Director of Instrumental Studies, Conducting, Chamber Music.)

Adjunct Instructors

Mike Assad. B.M., University of Kentucky; M.M., University of Memphis. (Percussion, World Drum Ensemble.)
Sara Chiego. B.M., University of Memphis; M.M., Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Memphis Symphony Orchestra. (Double Bass.) 
Rena Feller. B.M., Oberlin College Conservatory of Music; M.M., The Juilliard School. Memphis Symphony Orchestra. (Clarinet.)
Sandra Franks. B.M., University of Mississippi; M.M., Louisiana State University; D.M.A., University of Mississippi. (Voice.)
Jane Gamble. B.A., Lambuth College; M.M., M.S.M., D.M.A., University of Memphis. (Collaborative pianist/organist.)
Brian Hodge. B.M.E., East Tennessee State University; M.M., University of Memphis; Ph.D in progress, University of Memphis. (Rhodes Wind Ensemble, Rhodes Orchestra.)
Sabrina Hu. B.M., Mannes College of Music; M.M., Royal Northern College of Music; D.M.A., Michigan State University. (Flute, Flute Ensemble.)
Marcus King. B.M.E., University of Memphis; M.M., University of Memphis. (Voice.)
Ellen B. Koziel. B.A., Radford University; M.M., University of Memphis; Ph.D. in progress, University of Memphis. (Rhodes Women's Chorus)
Mona B. Kreitner. B.M., Mansfield University; M.M., Eastman School of Music; Ph.D., University of Memphis. (Voice, Music History and Literature.)
Francisco Lara. B.M., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, M.M., Ph.D., The Florida State University, Tallahassee. (Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Music Theory.)
David T. Lay. B.M., Lambuth University. (Guitar, Contemporary Commercial Music Ensemble.)
Michael Mackenzie. B.M.E., University of Memphis. (Trumpet.)
Paul Murray.  B.A., Rhodes College 01'; M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music. (Voice.)
Gina Neupert. B.M., Indiana University; M.M., University of Southern California. (Harp, Harp Ensemble.)
Brian Ray. B.M., University of Tennessee at Martin; M.M., University of Memphis; D.M.A., University of Memphis. (Piano, Department Collaborative Pianist.)
John Ross. B.M., Northern Illinois University; M.M., Illinois State University. (Guitar, Guitar Ensemble.)
Jane Gerard-Schranze. B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory. (Viola, Violin, chamber music.)
David L. Shotsberger. B.M., M.M., The Pennsylvania State University; D.M.A., University of Memphis. (Music Technology, Composition.)
Debra H. Smith. B.M., Mississippi College; M.M., University of Memphis. (Piano, Organ, Music Literature and Theory.)
Gerald Stephens. B.F.A., Commercial Music/Recording Technology, University of Memphis. (Jazz Piano, Jazz Combo.)
Kate Stimson. B.A., Hollins College; M.M., University of Memphis. (Piano.)
Lester Robert Sunda, Jr. (Jazz Bass Guitar, Jazz Combo.)
Mark Vail. B.M., University of North Texas. Memphis Symphony Orchestra. (Trombone, Low Brass.)
Yukiko Whitehead. B.M., University of Tennessee; M.M., D.M.A., University of Memphis; Yamaha Music Foundation Suzuki Piano Teachers Certificate, Suzuki Association of America. (Piano.)
Carl R. Wolfe. U.S. Navy Chief Musician (ret.); U.S. Armed Forces School of Music. Memphis Jazz Orchestra. (Saxophone.)
Wen-Yih Yu. Diploma, National Academy of Arts, Taiwan; M.M., Mannes College of Music. Memphis Symphony Orchestra. (Violin, String Quartet.)
Iren Zombor. B.A., Franz Liszt Conservatory of Music, Hungary; M.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Memphis Symphony Orchestra. (Cello, String Quartet.)

Staff

Erika Pope  Musical Arts Coordinator. B.A., Henderson State University.
Jacob Church Recording Technician. B.A., Rhodes College.
Dennis Holland Piano Technician.