Performer; Alterations Expert
Katrina Seabright graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2022 with an honors degree in music with an emphasis in vocal performance. She has accepted multiple roles as an actor at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, one of the leading opera companies in the world.
While at Carthage, Ms. Seabright joined the Carthage Choir, received the Gold Leadership Award for her time as president of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and participated in the Kenosha Opera Festival, which gave her insight into the world of professional opera performers.
“My education at Carthage gave me experience in all aspects of the performing industry, which allows me to support my team beyond the role I’m portraying.”
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
“I’m lucky because in performing, every day is going to bring something new to the space. No matter how many times you’ve rehearsed an aria or repeated your staging, each performance is going to be unique; that’s the beautiful nature of live performance. Once we get off the stage, we all live our normal lives and experience normal occurrences. Sometimes these events bring a new idea or perspective to your current role, and you end up delving deeper into who that character is. Even though nothing externally has changed, you’ve got yourself a new game plan for the next performance.”
How did Carthage prepare you?
“If you’re a recent graduate, this is wonderful because you possess a fresh perspective and all this awesome energy, but it’s crucial that you tap into the etiquette and practices that the more experienced performers tend to have. My education at Carthage helped me get into great habits that helped me feel fully prepared to walk into an audition like I deserved to be there as a professional candidate.
“Additionally, my support here ensured that I didn’t just focus on one element of my singing career. I got experience in administration, costumes, directing, writing, conducting, and more. My education at Carthage gave me experience in all aspects of the performing industry, which allows me to support my team beyond the role I’m portraying.”
How has your liberal arts education benefitted you?
“I cannot express how important it is to have an open mind at every point in life, but especially after graduation. Seeking a job can be difficult, and you will inevitably experience a change of plans in your life no matter how proactive you are.
“During my time at Carthage, there were moments when I had to decide that if I wanted something done, I had to do it myself. When I was in those leadership positions, I also had to learn the importance of remembering how to be a collaborator and good listener. Your employers will notice effective listening by watching how you take action. Always keep that growth mindset.”
Why did you choose Carthage?
“I chose Carthage because the atmosphere reminded me of everything that helped me succeed in high school. At that point, I had an idea of the personalities and learning styles that worked well for me, and I was especially glad to find something between Milwaukee and Chicago for future opportunities. After meeting the music faculty, I felt right at home and confident that I could make my own unique path here.”
What opportunities were made possible because of your Carthage experience?
“One of the most important experiences of my career, the Kenosha Opera Festival, was made entirely possible by Carthage. At that fellowship, I saw exactly how the inner workings of the opera industry function and got to live it firsthand. I was able to ask as many questions as I wished and was mentored by a variety of high-quality professionals that set me up for success.”
What Carthage professors played a part in your success and how?
“Everyone in the Music Department. Professor Dimitri Shapovalov gave me a space to put my ideas into action and was an example of wise decision-making. Professor Peg Cleveland gave me the training and foundation that kept me loving music and its process. Professor Greg Berg helped me find the confidence to use that knowledge, no matter what size the stage.
“Professor Peter Dennee and his ensembles brought joy and peace into my relationship with music, especially when academics were crowding my headspace. Professor Melissa Cardamone has always been an enthusiastic and kind mentor who has always said ‘yes!’ to helping her students even after graduation.”
Were you an award recipient? If so, tell us about the awards you received and what they meant to you.
“I graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a recipient of Honors in the Music Department for research that I completed throughout my senior year. I also received the Gold Leadership Award for my time as president of the National Society of Leadership and Success. My scholarships included those from the music, studio art, and fine arts departments. As exciting as they were to receive in those moments, looking back, I feel that they were acknowledgements of completing a life lesson. Each award was preceded by a journey of challenges, and I am thankful for those around me who encouraged me to keep moving forward.”
What role have the values in Carthage's mission, "Seeking Truth, Building Strength, Inspiring Service — Together" played in your life?
“To me, this has been a reminder to stay true to yourself, always strive to strengthen your craft, and seek to serve others. By doing these things, we’re preserving and improving the world around us and inspiring others to do so too. Community spaces and feelings of togetherness do not come easily when we are not in a physical or mental space to encourage this. It’s important to take a break from my negative distractions and spend it doing things that are more worthwhile. This has infinite interpretations, but for me, it means seeking temporary discomfort in exchange for beautiful experiences and meaningful relationships.”