Blair School of Music students Katherine Walden and DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren have been awarded Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program Fellowships for summer 2013.
Walden will spend the summer conducting field research for her senior honors thesis, tentatively titled “Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Exploring connections between music, community, and sustainability in minor-league baseball affiliates in the Southeast’s music cities.” The project explores how baseball franchises throughout the Southeastern U.S. leverage local music to build community and fan support for the teams. Walden will spend the summer traveling to cities such as Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jackson, Miss., Birmingham, Ala., Little Rock, Ark., Springfield, Mo., and New Orleans to explore this topic. She will also archival research at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo., and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown N.Y. Walden is a Musical Arts (Piano) major with a minor in viola performance. She will graduate in 2014.
George-Warren will spend 10 weeks in New York City performing and studying performance art. He will split his time between researching interactive art at the Museum of Modern Art and designing and performing his own pieces. George-Warren is a Musical Arts (Voice) major with a concentration in composition who will graduate in 2014.