Music and Theatre: Faculty and Staff


William M. Skoog. 2009. 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. Chair. Elizabeth G Daughdrill Chair in the Fine Arts. B.A., Rhodes College; M.M., D.M.A., University of Memphis. (Voice, Senior Seminar, Opera Scenes)
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.)
David Mason. 2004. B.A.; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison. (Theatre history; theory; dramatic literature.)
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.)
Joy Brooke Fairfield. 2016. B.A., Harvard; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., Stanford. (Acting; directing.)
Evan Williams. 2018. B.M. Lawrence University; M.A., Bowling Green State University; D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. (Composition, Instrumental Ensembles, Music Technology.)

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.) 
Sarah J. Dietsche. B.M. Western Michigan University; M.M., University of Memphis; Ph.D., University of Memphis (Musicology.)
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.)
Tyler Fritts. B.A., Berea College; M.M., University of Louisville; Ph.D, University of Memphis. (Musicology/Southern Regional Studies)
Jane Gamble. B.A., Lambuth College; M.M., M.S.M., D.M.A., University of Memphis. (Collaborative pianist/organist.)
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)
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.)
Leander Starr. B.M., San Francisco Conservatory Music; M.M., Northwestern University. (Horn.)
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.)
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.)
Susannah Whitney. B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; M.M., Northwestern University.  (Bassoon.)
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.)

Part-Time Instructors

Bradley Harris. 2015. B.A., University of Calgary; M.F.A., University of Memphis; J.D., University of Calgary. (Public speaking.)


Erika Pope  Musical Arts Coordinator. B.A., Henderson State University.
Jacob Church Recording Technician. B.A., Rhodes College.
Dennis Holland, Piano Technician.
Kevin Collier. Production Manager. 2006. B.A., Rhodes College.
Keenan Minogue. Technical Director and Instructor. BFA, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; MfA, University of Memphis.
Laura Perkins. Costume Shop Manager and Instructor. BFA, MA, Arkansas State University; MFA, University of Memphis