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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 for the Division of Arts and Humanities
    Associate 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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  • 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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  • Maggie Spanuello

    Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Magdalene Spanuello Ellsworth is a Chicago-based theatre director and adjunct faculty member at Carthage College. Her U.S. credits include works such as The Tempest directed by Aaron Posner and Teller of Penn & Teller (Smith Center; Las Vegas, A.R.T., South Coast Repertory), A Christmas Carol, Gutenberg! The Musical!, Forever Plaid (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); Mary Dyer (Prologue Theatre Company, Chicago); and Arms and The Man (Ten Chimneys).

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  • Jeremy Mossman

    Assistant Professor 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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  • Thomas Novak

    Adjunct Professor of Music Theatre

    Tommy Novak is a Chicago-based Actor and Director and a Adjunct professor of music theatre at Carthage. At Carthage, Prof. Novak directs musical theater workshop productions, coaches repertoire and thesis projects, and provides special workshops on voice/acting integration and the profession of music theatre.

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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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