Professor Lorian Schwaber is a Broadway veteran with over 25 years of professional performance experience on Broadway, national tours, international tours, and opera houses. She performed signature roles such as Susannah in Le Nozze de Figaro, Adina in Elixir of Love, and Adele in Die Fledermaus with New York City Opera, Cologne Opera, and Chicago Opera Theatre.
Prof. Schwaber was a member of the Broadway cast of Phantom of the Opera. She performed in many national tours, including West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, and A Little Night Music, before settling into Chicago theatre, where she performed with Chicago Opera Theatre, Apple Tree Theater, Light Opera Works Chicago, and Steppenwolf Theater.
Prof. Schwaber joined the Carthage faculty in 2007, where she primarily teaches applied voice and music theatre techniques. Prior to joining Carthage, she has taught contemporary voice at North Park University and music theatre and opera at Roosevelt University.
She was the first Visiting Scholar with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s music theatre program in 2003, where she developed curriculum, provided training for teachers and students, and directed their inaugural production of Carousel. Since then, Prof. Schwaber regularly visits China to serve as a music theatre expert in Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’An, Hangzhou, and Sungjiang.
Prof. Schwaber is regularly invited to share her expertise in music theatre. She was a featured speaker at the Conference of Music Theatre Professionals in China and a presenter at the Estill Symposium at Harvard. She has been a guest artist in Nigeria, Quebec, and Toronto, as well as a frequent guest artist at schools across the United States, sharing music theatre pedagogy. In 2019, she will be part of a panel symposium at the Estill World Voice Symposium in London.
Prof. Schwaber has long supported the development of younger generations of music theatre artists. She was the director of music theatre and voice at the Music Institute of Chicago for a decade, developing their programs while spearheading the renovation and development of the Evanston Campus and Nichols Hall. She is currently the co-director of a preparatory academy for high school music theatre performers in Jinan, China.