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February 5, 2016

Kronos Quartet Residency Begins This Month

As previously announced, the Kronos Quartet will be in Seattle from February 20 to 24. They will lead a two-day interdisciplinary residency with Cornish students that extends well outside of the music department.

Cornish students from all departments will have an opportunity to interact with the famed Kronos Qua...

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February 3, 2016

Midday Music Concerts Build Community At Cornish

“The Midday Concerts are an excellent opportunity for music students to experience each other’s work and for building a sense of community within our department. But it’s also a good chance for students from ADFM, Theater, Dance, and Performance Production to hear what their peers in music are working on outside their discipline" - Tom Baker

Each semester, the Music Department of Cornish College of the Arts hosts a variety of free concerts...

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January 22, 2016

Cornish Mourns Teacher, Composer, Bern Herbolsheimer

Bern Herbolsheimer was top composer in the Northwest whose work was heard all over the world; a Cornish legend is gone at the age of 67.

​ A new recording with a number of Cornish connections, American Dreams, just came out a few month...

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December 4, 2015

President Uscher Announces She Will Leave In July 2016

The Cornish community learned yesterday that Dr. Nancy J. Uscher will not seek to renew her contract when it ends in July 2016. Dr. Uscher announced her decision yesterday to allow for an orderly transition. During her five years at Cornish, Dr. Uscher has overseen the building of Cornish Commons, the establishment of the film/media program, the beginning of online courses, and several more projects intended to last well into Cornish's second century.

President Nancy J. Uscher announced to faculty, staff, and students yesterday that she will leave he...

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November 24, 2015

Paul D. Miller Premieres “Peace Symphony” at Cornish

Beloved by his fans as DJ Spooky, Paul D. Miller brings the world premiere of a serious new work to the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center December 4 for one night only, "Peace Symphony," a ground-breaking piece that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

​by Tom Baker, Chair, Music Department ​​Paul D. Miller has carved himself an important nic...

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November 18, 2015

Cornish’s Second Century Starts With Worldwide Classes

Cornish’s second century began with the college’s first massive online open course hitting a top ten list in November. The same week, the college offered its first music master class via Google Hangouts, bringing composter/pianist Yitzhak Yedid in Australia together with students at PONCHO in Kerry Hall.

As Cornish began its second century this month, two of its global offerings let people around the wo...

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November 17, 2015

Cornish’s Next Century Gala Launches Next 100 Years

Cornish's Next Century Gala raised more than $500,000 for scholarships. Tony Award and Pulitizer Prize winning playwright Brian Yorkey talked about the importance of education and the arts. Broadway star and Tony Award nominee Stephanie Block seranaded the guests. And Cornish students showed their stuff throughout the evening, from a photo montage of recent art shows to award-winning film to live performances.

Cornish's centennial year ended with the event, marking a time to focus the College on the its next...

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November 12, 2015

15/16 Arts Incubator Residencies Begin with Kusanagi’s Durational Art

The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator residency facilitates the risk taking of the allied arts. This year, the first residency was completed by Cornish dance student Julia (JuJu) Kusanagi '16 in October.

The Arts Incubator residencies at the Cornish Playhouse began last year as part of the facility’s...

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October 20, 2015

Cornish Faculty Lead Sessions at Arts Schools Network

The Arts Schools Network's educators want to know how to prepare their middle school and high school students to transition into college and careers in the arts. Cornish faculty lead a number of sessions, including a "Curriculum Dating," at the organization's national convention in Seattle.

Teaching students for a career in the arts that won’t start until 2021 or later informed many of t...

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October 19, 2015

Arts Schools Network Conference Held At Cornish

Arts Schools Network Conference takes place in the Northwest for the first time at Cornish College of the Arts. From October 21 to 23, educators and high school arts students will tour local schools and arts organizations as well as discuss how technology can enhance arts education across the board.

Arts Schools Network's 2015 Conference focuses on how arts educators can use technology in their cla...

Music Alumni Accomplishments

Cornish students are routinely accepted into many of the top graduate music programs in the nation including Northwestern University, New England Conservatory, Yale University, University of Michigan, University of Illinois, and Indiana University.

Some graduates pursue teaching careers; others pursue performance careers. Graduates have signed with major record labels, been nominated for Grammys, and toured regularly.