Cornish News

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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 20, 2015

Desdemona Chiang Talks About Directing at Cornish

"(Anon)ymous" opens plays through November 22 at Raisbeck Performance Hall — Naomi Iizuka's adaptation of "The Odyssey" appears under the direction of Cornish directing instructor Desdemona Chiang. Senior Leah Webster caught up with her as the play finished tech rehearsals.

Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department’s fall season has been focused on contemporary adap...

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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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November 10, 2015

Fever One Energized By Cornish Students

After a class of rocking, breaking, and popping, Cornish dance students Drew Lewis and Julia Sloane sat down with hip-hop teacher and legend Fever One to discuss how he got his start in Seattle.

By Drew Lewis '18 and Julia Sloane '16 A Seattle native, Fever One grew up in the 70s around West...

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November 4, 2015

Solis’ “Quixote” Journeys to the Playhouse

Octavio Solis' stage adaptation of the Cervantes' masterpiece, "Quixote: Book One" opens at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center November 6; for the playwright, one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America, it is a very "hands on" experience of script development.

​Octavio Solis is relaxed and in fine humor in the lobby of his hotel, which is strategically plac...

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October 27, 2015

Jungalbook - Observing an Evening at Cornish

"Jungalbook" is opening at Cornish on October 28; Cornish News asked its research assistant, dramaturgy senior Leah Erickson Webster, to write about the play's rehearsal and interview its director, Rhonda J. Soikowski.

by Leah Erickson Webster '16 Jungalbook is the next production up at Cornish, opening Wednesday, O...

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October 27, 2015

Broadway Stars Headline Cornish’s Next Century Gala

Two Broadway stars help Cornish kick off its next 100 years of educating artists, innovators, and citizens. The Next Century Gala wraps up a year of centennial celebrations with a look forward.

Musical theater star Stephanie J. Block and acclaimed playwright/director Brian Yorkey will headline...

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October 26, 2015

Interdisciplinary “Nightmare”  at Cornish

Students for Interdepartmental Collaborative Events fulfill an old dream with “Nightmare Gallery” at the Main Campus Center October 26-31, an interdisciplinary Halloween celebration.

​Eerie, creepy sounds are filling the 6th and 7th floors of Cornish’s Main Campus Center. It’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...

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October 16, 2015

College And University Colleagues Meet At Cornish

Cornish hosted the Washington Learning Communities Consortium on October 16. During the meeting, Cornish faculty presented on the college's newly revised integrative curriculum in the Visual Arts programs.

On Oct 16 2015, Cornish hosted nearly 40 colleagues from Washington state's colleges and univer...

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October 15, 2015

Cornish’s Fall Theater Season Brings Playwrights To Campus

A fall season full of original works, many by Northwest playwrights, means that Cornish's theater and performance production students have opportunities to work with these artists during rehearsals.

Cornish College of the Arts’ fall theater season emphasizes works by contemporary playwrights and...

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October 2, 2015

Coming to Cornish: Jean-Baptiste Barrière On Music and Visual Art

Music Chair Tom Baker interviews Jean-Baptiste Barrière on his visit to Cornish, where he will both to perform with Camilla Hoitenga at PONCHO in the Cornish Presents series and hold workshops with students and the public.

French composer and sound designer Jean-Baptiste Barrière is known for incorporating the visual art...

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September 30, 2015

Timothy McCuen Piggee Receives Theatre Puget Sound’s Sustained Achievement Award

Cornish theater faculty Timothy McCuen Piggee finishes a year of honors with acknowledgment of his many contributions to Seattle theater at the annual Gregory Awards.

Cornish faculty member Timothy McCuen Piggee will receive the Sustained Achievement Award from Theat...

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September 29, 2015

Student Show Becomes Part of South Lake Union Art Walk

The New York Retrospectives is a two part exhibition showcasing the works made by Cornish students Diego Suarez and Cameron Fletcher this past spring during their New York residencies.

Cameron Fletcher's New York Retrospectives II will be open as part of the South Lake Union Art Walk...

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September 28, 2015

Ninety-Four and Going Strong: Kerry Hall Gets a Facelift

It seems only right that in Cornish's centennial year "the house that Nelly built" gets primped and polished and readied for another 100 years of great arts education.

A Capitol Hill landmark was gleaming when the wraps came off recently. The building was welcomed to...

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September 25, 2015

Illustrator/Animator David Bolinksy Visits Cornish

Cornish students and faculty will meet the man behind the “Inner Life of the Cell,” a movie that has called the equivalent of George Lucas's Star Wars for scientific illumination of concepts in biology. This presentation is a highlight of the South Lake Union Art Walk and is part of a new partnership with the Institute for Systems Biology.

Nearly 1.5 million people have watched David Bolinsky’s TED talk about how he and his team illustr...

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September 24, 2015

Cornish Offers Free Music at Midday

PONCHO Concert Hall opens its doors to an adventurous public as Cornish music students and faculty showcase work in The Midday Concert Series.

Each semester, the Music Department in Cornish College of the Arts hosts free concerts that benefit...

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September 21, 2015

Cornish Presents Fall Season Offers Mix of Jazz and New Music

The Fall 2015 Cornish Presents series opens on Oct. 10 with Wayne Horvitz in concert at PONCHO Concert Hall. The fall series will now conclude with the local premiere of the Peace Symphony by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, on Dec. 4 at Cornish Playhouse.

Tom Baker, the artistic director of the Fall 2015 Cornish Presents series, announced the addition of...

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September 14, 2015

Music Faculty Shines in New Release

"American Dreams" by the Saint Helens String Quartet is now out on PARMA's Navona Records featuring several Cornish faculty members; the group can be heard September 16, 17, and 20.

UPDATE: Seattle Weekly praises American Dreams and the Saint Helens String Quartet (and faculty memb...

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September 4, 2015

Commons Comes to Life as Students Arrive

September 2 was Move-In Day for students at the new Cornish Commons, bringing the residence and student-life center project to vibrant life.

​The Cornish Commons, the new live-study-create residence hall developed for Cornish College of th...

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August 31, 2015

Cornish Well Represented In Gregory Awards Nominations

Cornish alumni and faculty work in every aspect of Seattle theater. Not surprisingly, when awards season rolls around in the fall, most lists include numerous Cornish names.

Earlier this month, Theatre Puget Sound has announced the nominees for the 2015 Gregory Awards*, hon...

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August 27, 2015

President Uscher’s Remarks On Opening Of Cornish Commons

At 4:15 p.m. today, President Nancy Uscher and Capstone Development Partners principal Bruce McKee cut the red ribbon to open Cornish Commons, the latest addition to the Cornish College of the Arts' campus. Following are President Uscher's remarks on this historic occaison.

My dear friends: Today we are making history.  The new Cornish Commons is the first ground up b...

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August 25, 2015

Taub Takes on National Post, New Project

Things have been busy for Paul Taub, noted flutist and professor of music at Cornish, with a new national post with the National Flute Association and a commissioning project.

​ Music professor and flutist Paul Taub has been elected to a two-year term on the Executive Commi...

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August 24, 2015

Cornish Announces Fall Events

Fall season 2015 at Cornish features visiting artists and student performances at Seattle Center, Cornish Main Campus, and Capitol Hill.

Since opening in 1914, the Cornish College of the Arts has introduced Seattle audiences to iconic vi...

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August 20, 2015

Dr. Uscher Discusses Cornish’s Many New Projects

Cornish College of the Arts is “rising to new heights” in more ways than one! Most obvious is the state-of-the-art, 20-story Cornish Commons opening August 27, but KING-FM’s Marta Zekan recently talked with Cornish president, Dr. Nancy Uscher, about the expanding facilities and growing academic programs as well as several exciting events coming this fall, including the start of a 5-year residency for the Kronos Quartet.

Cornish College of the Arts has raised its national and international profile significantly in recen...

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July 23, 2015

Robynne Raye Exibits Posters in China

Robynne Raye’s packaging class exhibition This Side Up has become an anticipated yearly event at Cornish; now she’s creating a stir with design work of her own—in China.

Cornish faculty member Robynne Raye had three posters exhibited this past May in China at the Guansh...

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July 21, 2015

Accelerated Master of Arts In Teaching Offered to Cornish Students

A new program developed by Cornish and the Vermont College of Fine Arts offers five-year combined BFA and MAT.

​Cornish students who envisage a career as teachers of pre-school to 12th-grade art and design now...