Carthage provides many avenues for students to release their creative energies. Be it stage or music, there is a spotlight waiting for you.

Sing: Vocal Ensembles

Carthage Chorale
Director: Peter Dennee
The Carthage Chorale is a mixed ensemble that welcomes singers of a wide range of ability and experience. The chorale provides music for Chapel services and other College-wide events and is also active as a concert ensemble. The Carthage Chorale has participated in the Christmas Festival, the Annual Weston Noble Concert, Family Weekend Worship Service, and other events. It is directed by Dr. Peter Dennee, Associate Professor of Music at Carthage. Approximately two-thirds of the ensemble consists of non-music majors. In its mission to reach out to every member of the Carthage community, the Carthage Chorale explores a diverse body of repertoire that ranges from the Western art music tradition to African-American spirituals to musical theatre. New members are welcome. To inquire about trying out for the Carthage Chorale, contact Dr. Dennee.

The Carthage Choir
Director: Eduardo García-Novelli
Carthage boasts the nation’s second oldest touring college choir. It has visited all corners of the continental United States and tours Europe every three years. 

The Carthage Women’s Ensemble
Director: Peter Dennee
The 40-voice Carthage Women’s Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Peter Dennee, sings music from all genres of choral music for female voices. The choir performs on and off campus and has performed in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Bratislava; Dresden; Prague and Vienna.

The Lincoln Chamber Singers
Director: Gregory Berg
A select group of singers performing music suitable for a small performance ensemble, and in a wide variety of styles both classical and contemporary. 

The Carthacords
The Carthachords are the all female competing acapella group on campus. They perform a minimum of two solo concerts a year along with singing at fundraisers and competing throughout the Midwest.

Maximum Capacity
Faculty Advisor: Dimitri Shapovalov
Maximum Capacity is a student-run male a capella group that performs both on and off campus. The men of Maximum Capacity entertain their audiences with music ranging from Billy Joel, to Taio Cruz, and everything in between.

Play: Instrumental Ensembles

Handbell Choir
Faculty Advisor: Amy Haines
Handbell Choir performs for various campus events, and is open to all students.

Carthage Pep Band
Director: Shan Kazmi
This group furnishes the sounds of spirit at all home football and basketball games. It is a group of highly talented and energetic Carthaginians playing for fun. The Carthage Drumline (C-Line) is an entertainment-based student organization that provides Carthage College with a dynamic, highly energized ensemble of marching percussion. Comprised of 15 positions, it seeks to promote music excellence through teamwork.

The Carthage Philharmonic
Director: Dr. Edward Kawakami
The Carthage Philharmonic is a versatile music ensemble that performs standard repertoire written for string orchestra, as well as works for chamber orchestra. An exceptional opportunity also exists for musicians to perform in small chamber ensembles, including string quartets and piano trios, under the guidance of studio faculty.

Concert Band
Director: Dr. James Ripley
This group is the campus band, providing an opportunity for students to continue their love of music in a meaningful way.  The Concert Band performs several concerts each year, and is a central component of the annual Lakeside Band Festival. 

Jazz Ensemble
Director: David Ness
This ensemble performs a wide range of jazz selections. Members are also permitted to show their individual talents through improvisational selections.
Director: David Ness

Wind Orchestra
Director: Dr. James Ripley
This group is the college’s premier concert band, and as one of the oldest college bands in the United States, has a long and distinguished history of service to Carthage and the artistic life of the communities of Kenosha, Wis., and Carthage, Ill. The band also has maintained a rich tradition of touring the Midwest, with international opportunities in Japan. 


Iluzion is a hip-hop team at Carthage that started in 2006. The dance team performs a half time for Lady Reds and Red Men basketball games, at talent shows, and in any other opportunity that is presented. Tryouts are generally held in mid-October. Iluzion encourages anyone who has a passion for hip-hop or dance to come and try out no matter how much experience you may or may not have.

Carthage Red Hots Dance Team
The Red Hots dance team performs at halftime for all football and basketball games. We promote high spirit while dancing to the pep bands music throughout the games and we get the crowd excited. Going to small showcases and a competition throughout the year keeps us busy dancing almost all year round. We also enjoy putting on small camps for the kids in the area and performing with them. 

Ballroom Dance Club
Ballroom Dance Club teaches different styles of ballroom dance and has mini performances for each other each week. They also go to local dance events and spend the night dancing different styles.


Carthage Stand-up Comedy Club
Carthage Stand Up Club is an organization with one goal: making people laugh with jokes told in an intimate setting with a microphone. The club is also open to other things such as video comedy skits, emceeing, and providing general comedy advice.

Merely Players Improv Comedy
Merely Players is an improvisational comedy troupe that performs both on and off campus. Members utilize skits, games and creativity in their performances, which often take place in WOHs place.