As one of the first small liberal arts colleges to offer a degree in music, Carthage provides a rich musical tradition that can be traced back over a century. Today the Carthage Music Department continues to thrive. The department’s 10 full-time and 25 adjunct music faculty serve more than 500 students and 120 music majors and minors.
Carthage music ensembles, both vocal and instrumental, share their talents with not only the Carthage community, but also tour the Midwestern states, Japan, South America and Europe.
A tradition of touring
Founded in 1927, the Carthage Choir is believed to be the second oldest a cappella touring choir in the United States. Since 1973, the choir has taken 10 European tours to Holland, East and West Germany, The Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, and, most recently, England and Germany. The choir tours Central Europe every three years during the College’s January term.
The 40-voice Carthage Treble Choir, under the direction of Dr. Peter Dennee, sings music from all genres of choral music for female voices. The choir performs on and off campus and has performed in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Bratislava; Dresden; Prague and Vienna.
The Carthage Wind Orchestra has a long and distinguished history of service to Carthage and the artistic life of the communities of Kenosha, Wis., and Carthage, Ill. The band also has maintained a rich tradition of touring the Midwest, with international opportunities in Japan and South America.
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“A few of my favorite memories from my college experience have been trips that [Prof. Peter Dennee] led: the Treble Choir Spring Tour in Florida in March 2013, and his summer J-Term trip to Namibia in June 2013. My two-week J-Term trip to Africa has been a highlight of my college experience. It was my first time out of the country, so being immersed in a completely different culture was exhilarating.” — Maren Schutz ’15, a music major and secondary education minor from Washington Island, Wis.