Curb Fellows Tackle Summer Music Projects

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Publication Date: 5/23/2008

The Mike Curb Fellows for 2008 are Zach Glover and Katie Grills, both junior English majors  from Memphis;  Natalija Kokoreva, a junior biology major from Memphis;  Alison Morrell, a junior international studies major from Fayetteville, GA;  Pamela Palmer, a junior political science major from Little Rock, AR;  and La’Sandria Ward, a senior art history major from Memphis.

Curb, a widely respected songwriter and music producer from Nashville, established the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes to foster awareness and understanding of the distinct musical traditions of the South and to study the impact of music on its culture, history and economy. The Curb Fellows will work under the supervision of Professors Carole Blankenship ’85 and David Jilg ’79 as part of the Rhodes Institute of Regional Studies.

Dr. Jilg’s students (Ms. Grills, Ms. Kokoreva and Ms. Ward) will work with him in the development of a costume design for potential use by Opera Memphis for their January 2009 production of Scott Joplin’s opera "Treemonisha." Dr. Blankenship’s student projects are as follows: Memphis Opera Houses at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Ms. Morrell); Lucie Campbell: Memphian, Teacher, Activist and Composer (Ms. Palmer); A Twenty-Five Year History of the International Blues Challenge of the Blues Foundation (Mr. Glover).