- Carthage College
Dr. Corinne Ness is the dean of the arts and humanities at Carthage, and the director of the music theatre program. Equally at home in classical and contemporary repertoire, Dr. Ness has performed in venues across the country. Her students have gone on to professional careers in opera and music theatre, with careers in performance, directing, teaching, and arts administration. Her students have performed with the Lyric Opera, the Goodman Theatre, and in national tours.
Dr. Ness is a recognized expert in contemporary voice. She has lectured on contemporary vocal pedagogy across the United States and Canada, and has been a featured speaker for a variety of conventions, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the International Phenomenon of Singing, the Estill World Voice Symposium, the National Opera Association, and state music and theatre education conferences in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Her pedagogical methods have been featured in Classical Singer and the Opera Journal.
Dr. Ness is a regular guest artist in China, working with music theatre programs at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Beijing Dance Academy, Nanjing University for the Arts, Xi’An Conservatory, and the Central Academy of Theatre in Beijing. In 2013, she was a keynote speaker at the Shanghai Musical Theatre Center convention, which also featured performances and master classes by Carthage students. Her frequent collaborations with music theatre professionals in China led to the establishment of a Visiting Scholars Program at Carthage, which provides opportunities for Chinese teachers of American Music Theatre to learn and study pedagogical methods.
Dr. Ness is also a respected choral conductor, having spent the early part of her career as a choral music educator. She has been a guest conductor and clinician for choral festivals such as the Huntley Choral Festival, the Elk Grove Choral Festival and Invitational, The Oak Lawn Elementary Choral Festival, and the Illinois Music Educator’s Association District 7 Elementary Choral Festival.
Dr. Ness maintains an interest in arts education and arts advocacy. She has presented workshops at the Arts Education Summit in Chicago, as well as for Urban Needs in Teacher Education (UNITE). She is a past member of the Arts Advocacy panel for Ingenuity Incorporated, the lead arts advocacy and research organization for Chicago arts education, and currently serves as a trustee for the Music Institute of Chicago.
Dr. Ness earned a B.M. in choral music education from Northern Illinois University and a M.M. with honors in vocal performance from Roosevelt University. Dr. Ness earned her Ph.D. with honors in cultural and educational policy study from Loyola University Chicago. Her dissertation research focused on the pedagogy of singing as it relates to culture and representation. Dr. Ness joined the Carthage faculty in 2000.
Corinne Ness has performed classical, music theatre, and contemporary music in venues across the country. A recognized expert in contemporary voice, she has lectured on contemporary vocal pedagogy across the United States and Canada, and is a regular guest artist in China. In addition to leading the Music Department and Music Theatre Program, she teaches applied voice and music theatre workshop.
Dean, Arts and Humanities Division
Director of Music Theatre Studies
- Ph.D. — Loyola University Chicago
- M.M. — Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts
- B.M. — Northern Illinois University
- MUS 0250 Private Voice
- MUS/THTR 2620 Music Theatre Workshop
- MUS/THTR 3400 Music Theatre History
- MUS 400T Topics in Music: Music Theatre History and Criticism
- MUS 400T Topics in Music: Advanced Vocal Pedagogy
- MUS 500T Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy