Carol Schwanger, MM

Associate Professor of Music


Carol N. Schwanger is Associate Professor of Music at Alvernia University, where she has served on the faculty since 1976. Awards include Alvernia's Sister Donatilla Award and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, and faculty inductee to Continuing Education Honor Society.

Carol holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester State College and a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the North Texas State University. She has taught music at Kutztown State College and Muhlenberg College, and at various studios of music in the Reading area. Carol maintains an active performance career. She is principal bassoonist with Ringgold Band and Reading Pops Orchestra. She has performed with Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Providence Chamber Orchestra, Berks Chamber Orchestra, Liberty Classic Band Festival, FYVE Woodwind Quintet, Chandler Chamber Ensemble, Pottstown Band, and numerous other groups. At Alvernia, Carol has performed in faculty recitals and choirs for special events and has given guest lectures on musical topics both on and off campus. She presented on the subject of Franciscan Vocation at a conference in St. Louis.

Carol currently serves as Chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. During her career at Alvernia, Carol has also served as the chair of the following: Department of Music, the Department of Art and Music, Department of Arts and Languages, Faculty Advising Committee, Curriculum Committee, Faculty Grievance Committee, Rank and Tenure Committee, Faculty Standard Subcommittee for Middle States, College-Wide Steering Committee for Middle States Self-Evaluation, and Faculty-Student Grievance Committee. She has served on numerous committees, and is a past-president and secretary of the Faculty Council. Currently she is Director of First Year Advising & Vocation and also Faculty Advising Coordinator in the Academic Success Center.

Carol has taught over thirty different courses, many of which she developed for specific groups of Alvernia students, including Multicultural Music, World Music, Music and Health, Women in the Arts, Experiencing Music, and Jazz. She has taught in the Adult Education, Honors and First Year programs. Carol served as a co-leader for an Alvernia sponsored trip to Italy and was chosen as an Assisi Pilgrim in 2014.

Carol has served in community groups including Berks Best Scholarship Contest, Boyertown Area Schools Music League, Lutheran Church Women, church choirs and bell choirs, Orchestra Committee of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Schwanger lives with her husband, Vernon, owner of The Sound Proposition, in Boyertown. They have three children:  Vern, an industrial engineer, Daniel, a high school band director, and Sara, a chemistry professor at College of Wooster. The Schwangers have nine grandchildren.

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Carol N. Schwanger

Associate Professor of Music

Francis Hall 301B


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