Brianna Borger

    Brianna Borger

    Class Year: ’22

    Majors: MM, Music Theatre Voice Pedagogy

    Current Hometown: Evanston, Ill.


    Assistant Professor of Instruction & Academic Advisor at Northwestern University

    Raven Dockery

    Raven Dockery

    Class Year: ’20

    Majors: Masters in Music Vocal Pedagogy for Music Theatre Singing

    Current Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


    Performer with Skylight Music Theatre, Private Voice Instructor, Vocal Director at Shorewood High School, Hairstylist at Great Clips in Shorewood, Freelance Hairstylist/Makeup Artist

    “The amount of work you put in will make your experience all that much better. Just give it your all because if there is one thing nobody can take away from you, it is your education.”

    Tiantian Dong ?20

    Tiantian Dong

    Class Year: M.M. ’20

    Majors: Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy

    Current Hometown: China


    Self-employed Voice Teacher

    “At Carthage, I learned how to sing effectively, how to teach students to sense the movement of the anatomies in their vocal tract and the whole body, and how to teach students in a way that they can understand.”

    Rita Gentile M.Ed. ?17, M.M. ?20

    Rita Gentile

    Class Year: M.Ed. ’17, M.M. ’20

    Majors: Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy/Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

    Current Hometown: Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin


    Choir Director at Kenosha Unified School District/Lance Middle Schoo, Music Director at Kenosha Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Owner/Voice Instructor at Kenosha RG Performing Arts Studio

    “Professor Corinne Ness also played a vital part in my time at Carthage. She is a constant mentor, supportive problem-solver, and expert colleague who I often turn to for both musical and career advice.”

    Tommy Novak

    Tommy Novak

    Class Year: ’11, MM’20

    Majors: Master of Music Theater Vocal Pedagogy, Directing, Acting

    Current Hometown: Chicago


    Teaching artist, director, assistant director, AEA actor and AGMA actor at Lyric Opera, Mercury Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Orlando Rep, Paramount School of the Arts, Carthage College

    Kristen Singer

    Kristen Singer

    Class Year: ’20

    Majors: Master’s in Musical Theatre Vocal Pedagogy

    Current Hometown: Kenosha, Wisconsin


    Instructor at Harborside Academy; director of Kenosha Youth Performing Arts Company (KYPAC); freelance music director in the Milwaukee/Chicago area.

    “I’ve always wanted to get my master’s degree, but the length of most programs prevented me from pursuing it and also the inability to be able to work simultaneously. This program let me continue my job (which was very important to me) AND earn my master’s, and for that, I’m very thankful.”

    Austin Winter ?18, M.M. ?21

    Austin Winter

    Class Year: ’18, M.M. ’21

    Majors: Music Theatre (B.A.) and Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy (M.M.)

    Current Hometown: Chicago, Illinois


    Freelance Artist

    “The culture of Carthage is very eclectic. The environment encourages students to think beyond themselves as ‘one thing.’”

    Xiaomin Zhang ?19

    Xiaomin Zhang

    Class Year: ’19

    Majors: Master of Music Theatre Pedagogy

    Current Hometown: Shanghai, China


    Music Theatre Actress; Academic Leader of Music Theatre, Music Department