The Carthage Performing Arts Series is made possible with a grant from the Helen C. Smolenski Chamber Music Fund of the Racine Community Foundation. Concerts are held in A. F. Siebert Chapel. Free pre-concert lectures are held before most of the concerts in the H. F. Johnson Recital Hall.
The goal of the Lakeside Band Festival is to provide an opportunity for area musicians to observe, engage, and interact with world-class musicians. Each festival is conducted by a noted composer/conductor.
The Carthage College Music Department annually hosts over 1,000 singers from 25 choirs at the Lakeside Choral Festival. The event provides opportunities for high school choirs to work with Carthage choral faculty. During a clinic session, clinicians explore issues such as presentation, intonation, balance, pitch and rhythmic accuracy, tone, text analysis, and repertoire quality and appropriateness. The choirs are invited to perform at a noon-hour informal concert. This is a non-competitive event, where the focus is on performing for each other and sharing artistic achievements.