The Carthage College music theatre emphasis provides comprehensive music theatre training in a liberal arts setting. The Estill Voice Model is the foundation of our innovative, integrative music theatre workshop courses. Corinne Ness, CMT, is associate professor of voice and director of the music theatre program, teaching applied voice and integrated music theatre courses. Lorian Schwaber, CMT, teaches applied voice and music theatre workshop productions. Dr. Ness and Prof. Schwaber teach the Estill Voice Model along with music theatre specialist Magdalene Spanuello (CMT-C). Carthage sponsors annual workshops in Estill Voice Training, and all of the applied voice and choral music education faculty have attended Estill workshops.
Estill Voice Training is introduced in the music theatre workshop “bootcamp” for all first-semester music theatre students. Applied voice training and the music theatre workshop, taken during all eight semesters of study, integrate the Estill voice figures with a comprehensive training curriculum in music, drama, and dance. Additionally, we offer elective courses in Advanced Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy, and units in our music education curriculum for pre-service choral music educators.
Carthage music theatre students are selected through selective audition for the program. Our graduates have gone on to professional careers in performance, directing, and teaching. Carthage graduates have performed with Lyric Opera Chicago, the Goodman Theatre, Second City, Milwaukee Repertoire Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Charleston Stage, Marriott Theatre, Toledo Opera as well as numerous TYA, national tours, regional theatre, and summer stock.
Additional information about Carthage and the music theatre program can be found at the following links:
Music Theatre Program: https://www.carthage.edu/music-theatre/
" Thanks to Estill Voice Training I successfully performed Edgardo in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor & then the next night performed the Duke in Rigoletto! Estill gave me the voice tools and confidence to rise up & conquer this challenge to thunderous applause and critical acclaim."