- Kristyn Taggart
Breannin Beelow ’13, can sum up what she’s learned during her time at Carthage in a single phrase: Enjoy the experience. She certainly has. From performances to international travel, she’s making the most of her time here. In January 2012, she traveled to Roatan, Honduras, for J-Term and became certified in SCUBA diving in order to study the biodiversity of the coral reefs and rainforests.
“J-Term is one of the most amazing things about Carthage,” she said. “It gives you an opportunity to learn about different cultures, travel the world, and you get credit for it.”
“When I was a freshman, there was a music course offered in J-Term to Namibia, Africa,” Breannin said. “This was honestly one of the most amazing experiences of my life. We learned all about their culture and how music affects their lives.”
The effect that music and theatre can have on another person is the reason Breannin decided to study music theatre in the first place. She wanted to make people feel the joy that she felt after watching a show. She knew that the Carthage Music Theatre and Opera Program would help her achieve this goal.
“The Music and Theatre departments here at Carthage are really fantastic,” Breannin said. “Since we are such a small school, people don’t realize it, but our teachers here at Carthage are the best of the best. They really care about you and your career goals. I have a great relationship with all of my teachers. I have grown so much as a singer and performer because of them.”
“I would like to perform in beautiful Chicago — whether it is on a big stage or in the back of a café. It is what I love to do, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
“I have learned so much from every music professor. If I had to pick one, it would have to be Corinne Ness. She was born to be a teacher. She knows exactly what to say to help me understand. She has definitely made me a better singer. I have grown so much and I know it is thanks to her.”
“My favorite class has been Music Theatre Workshop. Every semester we do something different. We work on scenes and songs, or a full musical throughout the semester. It is great experience and all four teachers (Corinne Ness, Lorian Schwaber, Greg Berg, and Matt Boresi) are fantastic.”
“My toughest class was keyboarding. I came into Carthage never touching a piano in my life. It was very difficult for me to understand it. I can honestly say, however, that it is the most rewarding. Now that I am done with all four keyboarding classes, I am so thankful for them. It has helped me grow as a music major.”
“I am involved in Lambda Kappa which is the Professional Music Fraternity where I held the position of Activities Director and am currently Co-Head for our annual Masquerade Ball. Also I am in Alpha Psi Omega the Professional Theatre Fraternity, and I am currently the Pledge Master.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“The huge snow storm last year. It was like the movie Day After Tomorrow. But it was so much fun! Everyone was playing in the snow like we were in grade school. Best memory ever. I also love Christmas Fest. It is breathtaking watching the candles fill the chapel. If you have never experienced Christmas Fest, you need too. It starts off the Christmas season.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“My biggest surprise so far has been the opportunities I have received. I would like to thank the Theatre and Music Departments for this.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“Have fun! These majors are very challenging but worth it. You need to work very hard, but also remember to enjoy it. That’s why you want to do it in the first place!”