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Full-Time Faculty

  • 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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  • Eduardo Garcia-Novelli

    Chair, Music Department
    Director of Choral Activities
    Director of the Carthage Choir
    Professor of Music

    Dr. García-Novelli teaches classes in conducting and aural skills, and also conducts the Carthage Choir. Since his arrival to Carthage in the fall of 2008, Carthage Choir has toured Europe and the United States, and has been selected to perform before the membership of Wisconsin Music Educators Association and Wisconsin Choral Directors Association.

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  • Gregory Berg

    Assistant Professor of Music

    Gregory Berg teaches private voice at Carthage and helps to direct the opera program. He also teaches Vocal Diction & Literature and Opera History, and serves as principal accompanist for the Carthage Choir, as well as for students in many of their recitals, juries, and departmental performances.

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  • Peter Dennee

    Associate Professor of Music

    Peter Dennee ’86 joined the Carthage faculty in 2005. Along with conducting the Carthage Women’s Ensemble and Carthage Chorale, Dr. Dennee teaches music education, conducting, and global music courses, as well as courses within the Carthage Honors Program. He is associate editor of the 2016 choral textbook series Voices in Concert jointly published by McGraw-Hill and Hal Leonard.

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  • Wael Farouk

    Assistant Professor of Music

    Egyptian-American pianist Wael Farouk has performed on five continents in such venues as the White Hall in St. Petersburg, Schumann’s house in Leipzig, and Carnegie Hall in New York, where his solo debut performance in 2013 was described as “absolutely masterful.” Praised as a “formidable and magnificent pianist” by the New York Concert Review, Professor Farouk has had an extensive performing career. He commands a vast repertoire of more than 70 concertos and 60 solo programs, spanning from Scarlatti to Bolcom and including the complete piano works of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff.

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  • Amy Haines

    Assistant Professor of Music

    Professor Amy Haines ’79 teaches private and class voice at Carthage, emphasizing vocal health, freedom, and flexibility. She also teaches Vocal Pedagogy, Exploring Music, Cultural Expressions of American Musical Theatre, and Poetry and Song in French and Spanish. She directs/conducts the music for the Theatre Department’s Main Stage musicals.

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  • Edward Kawakami

    Director of Orchestral Activities
    Assistant Professor of Music

    Dr. E. Edward Kawakami, an active clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator, is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at Carthage College.

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  • Deborah Masloski

    Assistant Professor of Music

    Deborah Masloski has won competitions both here and abroad and has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Chicago Civic Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony, Colorado Springs Orchestra, the UNC Symphony and the Carthage Wind Ensemble. She has performed and given master classes throughout the United States, Europe and China and has performed on WFMT radio as part of the Dame Myra Hess series.

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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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  • Mark Petering

    Associate Professor of Music

    Composer Mark Petering joined the Carthage music faculty in 2005. His music has been performed across the United States, in Turkey and Eastern Europe, and he has won numerous honors and awards. At Carthage, he teaches courses in music theory, music technology and industry, and popular music in America. 

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  • James Ripley

    Director of Instrumental Music Activities
    Professor of Music

    Professor James Ripley conducts the Carthage Wind Orchestra, Carthage Band, and the chamber winds group AMATI. He also serves as principal guest conductor of the Sakuyo Wind Orchestra at Sakuyo University in Kurashiki, Japan, where he was the music director from 2001-2011.

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  • Dimitri Shapovalov

    Associate Professor of Music

    Professor Dimitri Shapovalov is a choir director, scholar, pianist, composer and educator. He teaches courses in exploring music, music history, and musicianship skills.

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Applied Lesson Faculty

  • Hideko Amano

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Flute

    Born in Japan, flutist Hideko Amano came to the United States at the age of 12. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she studied under the prominent flutist Ms. Paula Robison.

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  • Erica Anderson

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Oboe

    Erica Anderson, Oboe, attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music, and DePaul University. She has performed with the Chicago Philharmonic, Joffrey Ballet, MusicNOW, Present Music, Lyric Opera, Music of the Baroque, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and the Chicago, Grant Park, Milwaukee, and Elgin Symphonies.

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  • Elena Batman

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Voice

    Praised for her breathtaking voice and her acting, Elena Jeanne Batman’s career encompasses opera, musical theater, and the concert stage. She is a graduate of Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado, and earned her Doctor of Music in Voice and Opera Performance at Northwestern University in 2009.

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  • Christopher Berry

    Adjunct Faculty, Music - Organ
    College Organist

    Christopher Berry’s international career as an organist began in 1993, when he served as an organist for the final liturgy of World Youth Day, presided over by Pope John Paul II. Since then, he has performed concerts throughout the United States and Europe, including Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Italy, France, and Poland. His performance venues have included Notre Dame Cathedral, La Madeleine and St. Sulpice, Paris; St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague; and St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome.

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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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  • Andrew Carpenter

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Saxophone

    Andrew Carpenter earned his bachelor’s degree in music at Ithaca College, and his master’s degree in music from Northwestern University. He performs frequently with Chicago-area orchestras, including engagements with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed and recorded for Naxos with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.

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  • Peg Cleveland (Plambeck)

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Voice

    Ms. Cleveland’s voice students know her as an energetic and passionate teacher.  Her teaching career spans 20 years to include private voice instruction, Italian, French and German Diction, opera scene coaching and direction, musical direction and performance pianist for several musicals, and choral conductor. 

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  • Allison Hull

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Voice

    Mezzo-soprano Allison Hull is presently a frequent and accomplished performer in opera, concert, and recital, known for her versatility as singer, actor, and teacher alike.

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  • Michael Kozakis

    Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Michael Kozakis is an active percussionist in the Chicago area. He plays frequently with the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera orchestras as an extra percussionist.

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  • Brian Melk

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Bass

    A Milwaukee native, Brian Melk is a versatile and accomplished bassist. A proven orchestral musician, he has appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, and is a section bassist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

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  • Julia Miller

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Instrumental

    Julia A. Miller is a sound artist, guitarist, improvisor, composer, visual artist, curator, and educator. She performs with the noise funk quartet Volcano Radar, avant electric guitar trio HKM, and electroacoustic trio Auris. She holds a DMA in composition from Northwestern University.

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  • Allegra Montanari

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Cello

    Cellist Allegra Montanari enjoys a diverse career of performance, teaching, and nonprofit executive leadership. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with high distinction, and her graduate studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

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  • Anne Morse-Hambrock

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Harp

    Anne Morse-Hambrock has been active as a performer of both classical and jazz repertoire throughout the Midwest. She is a harp instructor at Carthage College.

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  • Fumi Nishikiori-Nakayama

    Adjunct Professor, Music — Piano, Staff Accompanist, Dalcroze Specialist

    Ms. Nishikiori is a Juilliard School Dalcroze Institute certified instructor of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and often gives demonstrations and lectures to music teachers and students in the Midwest. She frequently performs as a member of Cecilia Trio, and also collaborates with greater Milwaukee and Chicago area artists.

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  • Kyle Sackett

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Voice

    Kyle Sackett, baritone, is an adjunct voice instructor at Carthage. He is actively involved in opera, oratorio, and song recitals, and is a passionate professional choral singer. He joined Berkshire Choral International as a staff conductor in 2017.

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  • Michael Schneider

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Viola

    Michael Schneider is a violist who plays an active role in the Chicago arts community. As a performing artist he collaborates with contemporary ensembles such as Fifth House Ensemble and Chicago Composers Orchestra, performs with regional orchestras throughout the Midwest, and has an active chamber and solo career.

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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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  • Karen Suarez

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Horn

    Hornist Karen Suarez Flint has extensive experience performing with symphony orchestras, jazz and chamber music ensembles, new music groups, and musical theater companies. She was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has performed and recorded with the Elgin Symphony, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Jerusalem International Symphony, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Jazz Orchestra and Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Santa Fe Opera. 

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  • Scott Tegge

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Tuba

    Scott Tegge is the tubist in the Gaudete Brass, and works to create performance opportunities for the group.  A Chicago native, Scott received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Tuba Performance. He continued his studies and received his Master’s degree from University of Miami and Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. 

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  • Paul Von Hoff

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Trombone

    Paul Von Hoff is a trombonist and chamber music specialist who performs extensively on both historic and modern trombones.

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  • Andrew Williams

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Violin

    Violinist Andrew Williams has established himself as an extraordinary chamber musician, soloist, and teacher throughout America. 

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  • Kevin Wood

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Trumpet

    Kevin Wood is currently Principal Trumpet of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and second trumpet with both the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra and the Racine Symphony Orchestra. An active freelance musician, Mr. Wood performs regularly with the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Green Bay Symphony, the Elgin Symphony, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Evanston’s Light Opera Works, and the Millar Brass Ensemble. 

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  • Jennifer Woodrum

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Clarinet

    Jennifer’s commitment to engaging audiences through the performance of genre-bending chamber music, sends her to world-renowned venues across the country including Bennet Gordon Hall at Ravinia, Chicago’s Pritzker Pavilion, Nichols Hall in Evanston and Miller Theatre in New York.

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Additional Faculty

  • Louis Covelli

    Adjunct Faculty – Music Education

    Born and raised in Kenosha and a product of the Kenosha Music Program, the 2012 - 2013 school year marked the 35th year for Mr. Covelli as a teacher.

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  • Judith Kirby

    Adjunct Faculty – Music Education

    Judith Kirby was the choral director and general music instructor at Gilbert S. Lance Middle School in the Kenosha Unified School System from 1980 until her retirement in 2012. In 2011, she was one of the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award for the Kenosha Unified School District.

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  • Yanze Li

    Staff Accompanist

    Pianist Yanze Li earned his master of music from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 2016, after earning his bachelor’s degree from the acclaimed China Conservatory of Music in Bejing.

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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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Music Faculty Emeritus

  • Woodrow Hodges

    Professor Emeritus of Music

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  • Richard Sjoerdsma

    Professor Emeritus of Music

    Richard Dale Sjoerdsma received his AB degree from Calvin College, an MM in voice from the University of South Dakota, and a PhD in musicology from The Ohio State University. He recently retired from a 39-year career at Carthage, where he taught studio voice, opera, vocal literature and diction, voice pedagogy, and directed opera productions.

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