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Music Theatre

Faculty

Music theatre students have the opportunity to work with our outstanding theatre faculty and music faculty to develop core skills in music and theatre. Our innovative music theatre workshop is led by music theatre pedagogues and performing professionals. Visits from New York and Chicago professionals round out the curriculum.

Music Theatre Workshop Faculty and Staff

  • Corinne Ness

    Dean for the Division of Arts and Humanities
    Associate Professor of Music

    Corinne Ness has performed classical, music theatre, and contemporary music in venues across the country. A recognized expert in contemporary voice, she has lectured on contemporary vocal pedagogy across the United States and Canada, and is a regular guest artist in China. In addition to leading the Music Department and Music Theatre Program, she teaches applied voice and music theatre workshop.

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  • Melissa Kelly Cardamone

    Staff Accompanist

    Melissa Kelly Cardamone has been staff accompanist and coach at Carthage since 2010.  She is also a classically trained soprano. She has played piano for about 30 years, and has accompanied since age 10.

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  • Jeremy Mossman

    Assistant Professor of Music Theatre

    Mossman was previously Director of Musical Theatre Voice at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, and has also taught musical theatre-related skills at Wayne State University (Detroit), Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan) and St. Clair College (Windsor, Ontario). Mossman has taught and assisted in professional workshops and courses in New York, Boston, Ann Arbor, Tampa, The Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, the American College Theatre Festival, and the Michigan School Vocal Music Association among others. 

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  • Thomas Novak

    Adjunct Professor of Music Theatre

    Tommy Novak is a Chicago-based Actor and Director and a Adjunct professor of music theatre at Carthage. At Carthage, Prof. Novak directs musical theater workshop productions, coaches repertoire and thesis projects, and provides special workshops on voice/acting integration and the profession of music theatre.

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  • Lorian Schwaber

    Assistant Adjunct Professor of Music — Voice

    Lorian Schwaber has been professor of voice and music theatre at Carthage for the last 10 years. She has extensive international experience in teaching contemporary music theatre,  including serving as guest artist professor of American Musical Theater at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and directing their inaugural productions of Carousel in 2012, and Once on This Island in 2013. 

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  • Maggie Spanuello

    Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Magdalene Spanuello Ellsworth is a Chicago-based theatre director and adjunct faculty member at Carthage College. Her U.S. credits include works such as The Tempest directed by Aaron Posner and Teller of Penn & Teller (Smith Center; Las Vegas, A.R.T., South Coast Repertory), A Christmas Carol, Gutenberg! The Musical!, Forever Plaid (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); Mary Dyer (Prologue Theatre Company, Chicago); and Arms and The Man (Ten Chimneys).

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    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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