Take a behind-the-scenes look at the lives and minds of Carthage artists and visiting performers.
Masters students in the Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy program have one crazy year ahead of them. It’s a year of learning, teaching, growing, and performing. On Monday, October 4, 2021, all of the current graduates had the opportunity to perform an initial presentation: a song that showcases their artistry. The “Meet the Masters” concert is a yearly tradition in the program here at Carthage, and each year undergraduates such as myself are eager to hear people like Adrianna Jones ’22 perform at the concert.
Adrianna got her BFA in Music Theatre from Webster University in 2014, and since then she worked for 3.5 years in Los Angeles. She booked her first cruise line gig on Norwegian Cruise Lines and performed on the ship in Footloose. At the start of the pandemic, Adrianna was sent home at the beginning of her second contract with the ship. With the performing arts industry on a lull, it’s the perfect time to go back to school, which is something Adrianna always wanted to do. She found Carthage, and the rest is history!
I sat down with Adrianna to talk about “Meet the Masters,” how the program is going so far, and to hear about what’s next for her after this year of learning.
One of the most exciting parts of Homecoming is the return of alumni to Carthage’s campus. The concert in particular showcases the talents and skills of those who walked the same halls as students today. One alumnus, Mark Paisar ’11, is returning to Carthage after honing his skills in graduate school and establishing his career as a church musician. I sat down with Mark to discuss how Carthage has prepared him for his musical journey and to reminisce on the memories Carthage has left on him.
A necessary part of growing as an artist is getting your hands dirty doing the real thing. Whether that is preparing for a recital or submitting your work for an exhibition, it is essential to actually practice creating art. For Caitlin Preuss ’23, that means working with Professor Herschel Kruger to co-direct Betrayal, a production that dives into the inner struggles of marriage, infidelity, and yes, betrayal. I sat down with Caitlin after Betrayal’s opening weekend to discuss the challenges of preparing for the show and how she has been growing as a director at Carthage.
A wonderful part of Carthage’s liberal arts education is the ability to pursue multiple interests simultaneously. This could be as casual as an elective or a club, or could involve dedicating yourself to multiple academic pursuits. For Azniv Khaligian ’22, that meant majoring in both music and neuroscience. I spoke with Azniv about the coming year and lessons she has learned over her four years.
A new school year is always exciting. New classes, new friends, and of course, new fine arts events. We kicked off the school year with the Wind Orchestra performing for our annual Patio Pops Concert. One of the pieces in the concert featured Carthage senior Emma Hardwick ’22 as a soloist. I sat down with Emma to talk about balancing music, the new semester, and what she is looking forward to this year.