Vocal Music Education
Avery Morris ’24 participated in choir and theatre during all four years of high school. In college, he’s continued to pursue his fine arts interests by being a member of the Carthage Chorale and Carthage Choir, as well as performing in the productions of “Hair” and “Legally Blonde.”
“One thing about Carthage that I love is the smaller classes, so I really get to know my professors.”
“After I graduate, I want to be a high school choir teacher and possibly act on the side.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“One thing about Carthage that I love is the smaller classes, so I really get to know my professors. When I first came to campus, it felt weird being at college without my mom to help me, but my professors were all there to get me through my freshman year.”
“One of my favorite classes I’ve taken is Stagecraft. I loved the course because I got to learn about the technical side and construction side of theatre, which is something I didn’t have much experience with in high school.”
“My toughest classes are my music theory classes because I never learned much theory in high school, so it was different for me.”
“I am a member of Wave Radio.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I have had many different opportunities at Carthage. This past summer, I went on a tour in Ireland with the Carthage Choir. I was also in the production of ‘Hair,’ which was such an amazing opportunity.”
“I received the Alumni Association Scholarship because my mom was an alumna.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“My favorite event is the Christmas Festival. It is a one-of-a-kind event that everyone should experience.”
Favorite spot on campus
Biggest surprise so far
“My biggest surprise at Carthage is how amazing the professors actually are. In high school, my teachers always told me that college professors won’t be lenient, but most of them really are very lenient and caring.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I think my 8-year-old self would be very proud of where I am now and what I’m doing. It was around that age when I was really finding my love for music, and although I didn’t know I wanted to teach then, I would be happy with my current path.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“If you love kids, have a passion for music, and have the desire to share that passion through teaching, I would recommend music education. Our faculty are amazing, and you will learn a lot. Some advice I have is to go to as many recitals and events as possible so you don’t have to make up recital attendance later.”
“I chose Carthage for a couple reasons. 1. It’s close to home. 2. The small class sizes (I came from a small school, so I was used to small class sizes). 3. It’s my mom’s alma mater (she passed away when I was 16, and after that, it put Carthage on the map for me as a possibility).”