Rebecca Bowen

Class Year



Antioch, Ill.


Music, Public Relations

Rebecca (Becca) Bowen tried out music therapy and music education before settling into Carthage as a double major in vocal performance and public relations. The combination of her majors will allow Becca to both develop her vocal training, and understand future clients and entertainers she may one day represent. 

“I love that these majors will take me so many places around the country and around the world,” she said. “I love that I am going to meet so many great people and possibly even performers that I look up to.” 

“I love that these majors will take me so many places around the country and around the world.”

Rebecca Bowen, ’16

Career goal

“I would love to perform and sing on stage in cities across the country and possibly record. However, I would also like to use my PR degree to present artists, entertainers, television networks, and music labels.” 

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“I have loved and admired every professor I have had at Carthage. The most influential one, though, is my voice instructor, Peg Cleveland. She has been so helpful and supportive of me since I transferred here last spring. She is a great mentor and coach, as well as an all-around wonderful person.” 

Favorite class

“My favorite class is Human Communications. I love studying and analyzing modern and past forms of communication. It’s fascinating to me the way communication and social expectations have evolved.” 

Campus involvement

“I am currently involved in Carthage Choir. I am also planning on becoming more involved in Carthage Activities Board, Allies, and Habitat for Humanity.” 

Toughest class

“My toughest class since I started college has been Aural Skills. I am currently in the third level of this subject. The course involves ear training and learning how to analyze, as well as how to transcribe the music that we hear.” 

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have had so many opportunities since I transferred here last spring. Last spring in the A. F. Siebert Chapel Choir, I was able to tour northern Wisconsin and sing in several different venues. I also performed in a jazz recital. I’ve had so many great networking opportunities and lined up jobs for next summer through some of my professors. This year I have two amazing jobs. One is working in the vocal research lab as an assistant, and the other is being a student assistant to President Woodward. There are so many opportunities ahead already for me. This coming J-Term, I will travel with other music majors to study Kodaly methods of teaching music in Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moment so far was sitting in the choir room at the end of our Carthage Choir retreat a couple of weeks ago. All of the veteran members had circled around the room, holding hands with the lights off. It was so quiet, and then they began to sing the most beautiful song to all of the new members, including myself, who were sitting in the middle of the circle. For the first time in about a year I felt secure, truly blissful, and as though, with the strength and support from all of these people around me on campus, I was going to have wonderful and joyful years to come.” 

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is just behind Tarble Hall on the boulders that surround the beach. I love to clear my head, take a break from everything, and listen to the lake and the wind.” 

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise so far was finding out that the Dean of Students had recommended me to work in the President’s Office! I was beyond shocked and honored that someone that important thought of me for such an opportunity.” 

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“My 8-year-old self would be confused, considering I wanted to be a veterinarian. She probably would be excited about my music major, but think that my opera classes were boring. She would be happy, though, that I followed in the footsteps of several members of my family by going to Carthage, including my mother.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Really consider what you want to do and what type of life you want to live. Truly be sure that this is something you really love and can devote all your time and energy to.”