Dr. Corinne Ness is a dean and director of music theatre at Carthage College, where she founded the new master of music in music theatre vocal pedagogy. Her students have performed in regional and national theaters and cruise lines, and have professional careers in performance, directing, and teaching. Dr. Ness is a specialist in vocal pedagogy, including classical, music theatre, and contemporary vocal styles. She has been a featured speaker for many conferences including the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance International, the International Congress of Voice Teachers, the International Symposium on the Phenomenon of the Voice, the Estill World Voice Symposium at Harvard University, the National Opera Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Dr. Ness has been featured in Classical Singer as a music theatre pedagogue (“Genre Wars” Classical Singer, September 2008; “Deciphering Vocal Training” Classical Singer, July/August 2010). Her article on teaching music theatre was published in the Opera Journal in March 2014, and her article on studio voice assessment can be found in The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook (2018).
Dr. Ness is a regular master clinician for conservatories in China. She has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of music theatre at the Beijing Dance Academy, and has been a resident artist with programs such as the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Shanghai Drama Academy, the Beijing Central Drama Academy, the Xi’An Conservatory of Music, the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, and SIVA. Dr. Ness created the Carthage Visiting Scholars program for music theatre professionals, providing a foundation for successful collaboration for over a decade.
Dr. Ness began her career in the public schools, teaching an award-winning program for students in grades K- 12. She continues to work with public schools as a guest conductor and curriculum specialist, providing professional development for teachers and students in underserved Chicago schools.
Dr. Ness holds a B.M. in music education (Northern Illinois University), a M.M. in vocal performance (Roosevelt University’s Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts) and a Ph.D. in cultural and educational policy (Loyola University Chicago). Her dissertation earned the Distinguished Dissertation of the Year award and focused on the teaching of singing and issues of culture and representation.