Experts Guide — Music

Vocal technique — Choral conducting
Barbara Hall

Stodghill Professor of Music
B.A., University of Michigan; M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Ph.D., Indiana University

Scholarly background in American Literature. Has taught major American writers, African-American literature, American autobiography, and poetry. Expertise on American historian and philosopher Henry Adams.



Southern literature, including William Faulkner — Kentucky literature — Contemporary songwriting
Mark Lucas

Jobson Professor of English
B.A., Centre College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Author of The Southern Vision of Andrew Lytle (Louisiana State University Press, 1987) and editor of Home Voices: A Sampler of Southern Writing (University Press of Kentucky, 1991). Contributor to Fifty Southern Writers After 1900 (Greenwood Press, 1987) and The Companion to Southern Literature (LSU Press, 2001). Scholarly interest and expertise in Southern literature, especially Faulkner. Recipient of several teaching awards. Personal interest in Americana music.



Volcanoes — earthquakes — environmental geology — severe weather phenomena — American folk music (especially banjo and dulcimer) — inorganic chemistry.
Conrad Shiba

Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Michigan State University; M.S., The Ohio State University;
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

Teaching and research interests: geoscience, especially volcanoes, earthquakes, and environmental geology; severe weather phenomena; inorganic chemistry. Articles in the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry and the Journal of Chemical Education. Academic interest in American folk music with performance and teaching on guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, ukulele. Member of the Raggedy Robin String Band (1982-90), with one recorded album, movie and television appearances, and dozens of live performances.