Carthage College
Press Release

Carthage College announces 2021-22 fine arts season


By - Jul 12th, 2021 10:57 am

KENOSHA, Wis. – While the pandemic has shuttered multiple art institutions and programs, Carthage has been able to adapt and continue its longstanding support of the arts. From live-streaming performances to implementing new procedures that allow our students to safely rehearse, Carthage has continued to provide numerous educational and musical opportunities to all members of the Carthage community. Now, we invite you to rejoin us in our communal celebration of the arts.

“The 2021–22 season celebrates the power of the arts to bring us together,” said Professor Corinne Ness, dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities.

Head over to the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art to visit a curated selection of exhibits that bring in established artists and newcomers alike. See artists from our community through our Annual Intercollege Exchange Exhibition, our Seventh Annual Art Walk, and our numerous student exhibitions.

While our musical ensembles have been performing during the pandemic, this season will mark a full return in our performances and celebrations. Our Homecoming Concert will showcase the size and strength of the Carthage community, featuring numerous alumni guest artists. The Wind Orchestra and Philharmonic will travel out into the world through various performing and J-Term study tours, bringing back new lessons and experiences to share during their return concerts.

Speaking of new experiences, Carthage welcomes multiple new members to our community. This season, the Carthage Choir will be led by Richard Bjella, our distinguished conductor-in-residence. Our Artists-In-Residence Program and New Play Initiative will bring in multiple guest artists, including Nora Caroll as artist-in-residence and Mary MacDonald Kerr as guest director for our theatre productions this season. In the spring, come join us as Matthew Hougland, our new assistant professor, music directs the charming musical “Something Rotten!”

In addition to celebrating our ability to come together with the arts, we are also celebrating the 25th anniversary of our Performing Arts Series. Come watch a diverse set of performances including Alash, a trio of master throat singers from Tuva, and two-time GRAMMY® award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer.

Tickets for fall events will be available Sunday, Aug. 1, while tickets for spring events will be available Wednesday, Dec. 1. Get your tickets 24/7 at

Finally, we are proud to invite you back to one of our prized treasures here at Carthage, this year’s Carthage Christmas Festival “Come to Us, Abide with Us.” Come together in the A. F. Siebert Chapel and enjoy the festivities, culminating in a service filled with candlelight. Reserve your tickets Friday, Oct. 1, and take part in one of the most beloved events Carthage has to offer.

While we are excited to invite you back into our home, your well-being is still our utmost priority. We are regularly updating and refining our COVID-19 protocols as our situation changes to best ensure the safety of our community. Continue to keep up to date with our #StaySafeCarthage practices at

It has been a challenging year full of unexpected struggles, but we hope you join us as we heal and rebuild through the arts. Sign up for our E-Newsletter to stay up to date with the latest Carthage fine arts announcements. We hope you join us on our journey in “Seeking Truth, Building Strength, Inspiring Service —Together” through the arts.

Events are subject to change. For more information, please contact the Fine Arts Box Office at 262-551-6661 noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Stay connected by following us on Facebook and Instagram, signing up for our monthly E-Newsletter, or visiting us online at

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