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Master of Music

Meet the Faculty

Graduate students in the Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy program have the opportunity to study with exceptional faculty recognized for their expertise as pedagogues and performers. Carthage is uniquely situated in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor, a prime location for graduate students to observe and work with master teachers and performers from around the world.

  • Corinne Ness

    Dean, Division of Arts and Humanities; Director, Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy; Professor of Music

    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.

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  • Elena Batman

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Voice

    Praised for her breathtaking voice and her acting, Elena Jeanne Batman’s career encompasses opera, musical theater, and the concert stage. She is a graduate of Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado, and earned her Doctor of Music in Voice and Opera Performance at Northwestern University in 2009.

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  • Peg Cleveland (Plambeck)

    Adjunct Faculty, Music — Voice

    Ms. Cleveland’s voice students know her as an energetic and passionate teacher.  Her teaching career spans 20 years to include private voice instruction, Italian, French and German Diction, opera scene coaching and direction, musical direction and performance pianist for several musicals, and choral conductor. 

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  • Matthew Hougland

    Assistant Professor of Music; Music Theatre Specialist

    A native Hoosier, Matthew has taught and performed in various venues across North America. Matthew’s students can be seen on Broadway, national tours, TV/film, cruise ships, and various regional theaters. Matthew holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and an advanced certificate in vocal pedagogy, both from New York University, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Anderson University.

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  • Linda Madonia

    Vocal Coach and Accompanist 

    Linda Madonia has been the vocal coach and accompanist for the Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy program since its inception in the Fall of 2019.

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  • Jeremy Mossman

    Adjunct Instructor of Music

    Mossman was previously Director of Musical Theatre Voice at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, and has also taught musical theatre-related skills at Wayne State University (Detroit), Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan) and St. Clair College (Windsor, Ontario). Mossman has taught and assisted in professional workshops and courses in New York, Boston, Ann Arbor, Tampa, The Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, the American College Theatre Festival, and the Michigan School Vocal Music Association among others. 

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  • Lorian Schwaber

    Assistant Adjunct Professor of Music — Voice

    Lorian Schwaber has been professor of voice and music theatre at Carthage for the last 10 years. She has extensive international experience in teaching contemporary music theatre,  including serving as guest artist professor of American Musical Theater at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and directing their inaugural productions of Carousel in 2012, and Once on This Island in 2013. 

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  • Dimitri Shapovalov

    Co-Chair, Music Department; Associate Professor of Music

    Professor Dimitri Shapovalov is a choir director, scholar, pianist, composer and educator. He teaches courses in exploring music, music history, and musicianship skills.

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  • Colette Todd

    Adjunct faculty, Master of Music program

    Colette Todd graduated from VanderCook College of Music with a master’s degree in music education. She quickly established herself as a music teacher and choral director in elementary and high schools and then moved on to teach voice lessons at Loyola University and North Part University in Chicago. Frequently seen on stages across Chicago, she has garnered acclaim for her artistry on stage and in the classroom.

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