Carole Blankenship

Vocal Coordinator, Chair
(901) 843-3414

Carole Choate Blankenship, soprano, is Elizabeth G. Daughdrill Chair in the Fine Arts and Chair of Music and Theatre. She is heard regularly in recitals, lecture recitals, chamber music concerts, and oratorio performances. Dr. Blankenship has performed solo recitals in Sintra, Portugal; Marktoberdorf, Germany; The Cell Theatre, New York, New York; The University of California, Santa Cruz; The University of the Pacific; The University of Delaware; The Lilypad, Boston; The Foundling Museum, London, and in many other venues and on many concert series. Dr. Blankenship has led voice masterclasses in Melbourne, Australia, at Wheaton Conservatory, Texas A & M Corpus Christi, and Missouri State University, among others. She has presented papers for two conferences at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and has presented lecture recitals on the works of Paul Bowles in Brisbane, Australia and recently in the U.S. at Dartmouth and Providence Colleges. With Irene Herrmann she co-edited two sets of songs by Paul Bowles for Classical Vocal Reprints and maintains research in American song; particularly the songs created for the Federal Music Project 1935-1940, New York. Also, Dr. Blankenship has served two terms as Vice President for Auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and begins serving as President-elect of NATS in 2018.

Education

B.A. in Music, Rhodes College
M.M. and D.M.A. in Voice Performance, The University of Memphis