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The Cornish Music Department offers a Bachelor of Music curriculum with courses of study in:

The Music Department also offers a one-year, post-baccalaureate program:

No matter which program of study you elect to pursue, you’ll receive highly personalized training through weekly, hour-long individual lessons with a primary artist/mentor. Read on to discover which program is right for you.

Chamber music class. Photo by Michelle Smith-Lewis.

Cornish Opera Theater "The Old Maid & the Thief.". Photo by Michelle Smith-Lewis.

Cornish Big Band. Photo by Michelle Smith-Lewis.

Cornish gamelan director Jarrad Powell and student. Photo by Michelle Smith-Lewis.

Cornish faculty member Stephen Stubbs and early music students. Photo by Michelle Smith-Lewis.

Instrumental Performance

The Cornish Music Department offers a Bachelor of Music curriculum in instrumental performance with a special focus on contemporary or classic chamber music. You’ll work closely with one of our faculty members to hone your craft while participating in a variety of mixed chamber ensembles, percussion, guitar, or string quartets. Cornish also offers you the additional opportunity of playing with any one of a number of Seattle orchestras. Learn more about instrumental performance.

Vocal Performance

The Cornish Music Department offers a Bachelor of Music curriculum in vocal performance with special emphasis on contemporary, classical, or early music repertoire. students may also elect to pursue a course of study in vocal jazz through the jazz program. Whatever path you choose, you’ll benefit from the highly personalized training and individualized attention that has remained a hallmark of Cornish’s intimate, intensive, performance-oriented program. Every year classical vocal students have the opportunity to audition for and perform in two fully staged, professional opera productions as well as a number of other vocal ensembles. Learn more about vocal performance.


The Cornish Music Department offers a Bachelor of Music curriculum in jazz with programs of study in three focus areas: instrumental performance, vocal jazz, and composition. If jazz or other creative improvised music is your passion Cornish offers you the chance to sharpen your skills in our Latin, bebop, fusion, free jazz or contemporary big band ensembles. Jazz vocalists gain valuable experience through immersion in an intensive program focused on learning the jazz vocal repertoire and developing the skills necessary to create their own arrangements. You’ll work closely with Cornish faculty members, who not only coach all ensembles, but play in them too, contributing valuable insight gained through their real-world experience touring, recording and performing as professional, practicing artists. Learn more about jazz.


The Cornish Music Department offers a Bachelor of Music in Composition. As a composition student you may explore jazz, classical, electronic, or other musical traditions from around the world as sources of inspiration. You’ll be invited to explore private instruction in a broad range of styles and skills-based and survey courses that offer a chance for collaboration and feedback. these include classes in advanced harmony, counterpoint, 20th and 21st century techniques, orchestration, arranging, music notation, songwriting, electronic music, and digital audio recording techniques. students who otherwise might be admitted to Cornish as vocal or instrumental performance students but who also want to pursue in-depth studies in composition may want to inquire about the Composer/Performer concentration. Learn more about composition.

Artist Diploma in Early Music

For students who already possess Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and desire additional intensive private instruction, coaching, and performance experience in early music performance practices, the Cornish Music Department offers the Artist Diploma in Early Music, a post-baccalaureate, performance-oriented program designed to be completed in two semesters over the course of either one or two years.

Enrollment in this program is highly selective and limited to twelve students per year. Both singers and instrumentalists (violin, viola, viol da gamba, cello, harpsichord, lute, guitar, harp, recorder, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, and cornetto) are encouraged to apply. Learn more about early music.