Adam Blackwood

Adam Blackwood

Class Year



Franklin, Wis.


Music, Core Vocal Emphasis; Business Management

“I chose Carthage because I was amazed by how friendly and welcoming it felt when auditioning for the music scholarships. Even after committing, I still felt welcomed by the music staff.”

Adam Blackwood, ’24

Career goal

“My ideal hope is to be a prominent figure in the music industry. I knew very early on that to be successful in music, you must display versatility. After graduation, I aim to become as versatile as possible while maintaining the skills and requirements necessary to do so.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“The Carthage staff has always helped me with anything when needed. Developing professional relationships with professors, especially in your study area, will be crucial to succeeding in college and beyond.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class is Opera Workshop. In high school, I used to be involved with musical theater. So when I first heard of this class, I figured it would be an outstanding balance between rekindling my musical theater days and helping me develop the skills of classically trained vocal styles and performing them in front of people. It is an enjoyable experience, and the people involved in this class are very fun to be around.”

Toughest class

“One of the most challenging classes, in my opinion, is Music History. It is intellectually stimulating and requires critical thinking skills.”

Campus involvement

“Other than Carthage Choir, I am a part of the Rock Climbing Club. I recently started rock climbing with some people from Carthage Choir, and I have started to enjoy it more and more every time I go.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I have an on-campus job doing audio-visual work for fine arts events. Whenever there is a student recital in the recital hall or an ensemble concert in the chapel, chances are I will be running an audio-visual for that event. My job is to make sure everyone performing looks and sounds good. The team I am a part of also helps out doing the same tasks. At the end of each event, we strike and put everything back in its right place. This job has helped me be versatile in the audio-visual world. I’m also being considered for some music internships involving audio-visual activities.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I am a part of the Carthage Choir. This ensemble is taken seriously and has the most challenging music to learn. I have been in this ensemble every year since freshman year, and I am grateful that I got into this ensemble.”


“I have received a few scholarships here at Carthage. Outside of music scholarships, I received the Carthaginian and Carthage visit grants. When I auditioned for the music program at Carthage, I received the Music Scholar Grant, which made me realize that I am a talented musician who has a lot of potential; if I work hard, I can become better. I have gotten the Grace C. Scheel and the Bothe Scholarship. Both of these were achieved through my academics within the Music Department.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Carthage hosts their annual Christmas Festival, in which all four choirs participate and our instrumental ensembles also participate. Carthage goes above and beyond with its production, and it amazes me every year with how much beauty and impact this event’s music can be.

“Another favorite memory was when Carthage Choir went to Ireland in the summer of 2022. Initially, we were going to go to the Baltic States, but then the conflict between Russia and Ukraine began to get worse, so we had to act fast and choose another place to go, and we ended up deciding on Ireland. I have never traveled abroad before, and this ensemble was the perfect group to do it with. Having current students and a plethora of alumni was a fantastic experience. Despite the last-minute changes, the trip was one of my life’s best moments, and I will never let that go.

“The choir also toured Washington, DC, this past spring (2023). This was also a very fun experience, and I had a blast growing the bond with the choir even more.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I don’t have a specific spot, but I enjoy chilling in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. Whether it is to practice my music or to hang out and chat with peers and professors, I always have a fun time.”

Biggest surprise so far

“One of the biggest surprises for me was winning the Grace C. Scheel Scholarship because I was the only person to earn it, and it marked the second year in a row that I earned a scholarship like that through the Honor’s Recital. This was achieved through the Music Department’s annual Honor’s Recital. The faculty hand out awards and scholarships to students for their academics or impact on the department. This scholarship reassured me that I have talent and am recognized for that.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“Eight-year-old me would probably be very impressed by how far I have come. I still have a lot to learn and a lot of experiences to be a part of to achieve my hopes and dreams. He also would probably not expect me to go down the path of music being my passion because that did not happen until my freshman year of high school.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“One thing people have always told me after telling them my majors is, ‘Wow, that’s a good combination.’ This has stuck with me because I can pursue both fields and potentially have the opportunity to take those experiences and apply them to my career. My advice for newcomers is to be versatile! Versatility is one of the essential skills to develop in college.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because I was amazed by how friendly and welcoming it felt when auditioning for the music scholarships. Even after committing, I still felt welcomed by the music staff. I also chose Carthage because it was not far from home either.”