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Cornish Programs

Music Major

The Cornish Music Department has always been forward-thinking. Our legacy includes cutting-edge jazz education, maverick composers who challenge the way we listen, and performers making art around the globe. World-renowned faculty mentor students as they find their own path in the music industry.

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What to Expect

BM
Bachelor of Music

The music industry is a beautiful web of possibilities. At Cornish, our Bachelor of Music degree prepares students for their careers by equipping them with the essential skills they will need while offering opportunities to experiment and develop their own artistic vision.

Learn more about our BM degree requirements and review our model program/advising worksheet:

See BM Degree Requirements and Model Program
I believe individual creativity gives rise to creative solutions to social problems. My music is a reflection of these ideas, and my journey to arrive at this way of thinking started at Cornish. Beth Fleenor (MU ‘04)

 

Explore Your Major

 

Student & Alumni Work

Students | Alums

Gregg Belisle​-​chi (BM ’11)

Martin Budde

Marina DeMarco

Denny Euprasert (BM ’92)

Celeste Felsheim

Kayce Guthmiller

Students | Alums

Amy Hall

Liam Hardison (BM ’19)

Dylan Hayes (BM ’19)

Payton Redwood (BM ’19)
David Semon (BM ’19)

Adam Torres

Cornish Ensembles

Cornish Jazz Ensemble: Natasha

Cornish Jazz Ensemble: Shoot From the Hip

Cornish Latin Ensemble

Delving into newer works, into improv, into Persian music, it’s been so helpful to find stuff like that to help me find my place in the musical world. Lily Shababi (MU ’19)

 


 

Cornish was an integral part of my growth as a musician. Tigran Arakelyan, (MU ‘10)

Music Faculty + Administration

Music Major

James Falzone

Department Chair
Clarinet, Improvisation, Ensembles
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Tom Baker

Professor
Composition, Theory, Electronic Music
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Kaley Lane Eaton

Interim Associate Professor
Composition, Voice, Music Technology
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Johnaye Kendrick

Professor
Voice, Ensemble
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Natalie Lerch

Professor
Voice, Pedagogy
Music Major

Kerry O'Brien

Interim Associate Professor
Musicology, Percussion
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Tom Varner

Associate Professor
Horn, Ensembles, Improvisation
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Kelly Ash

Instructor
Voice, Songwriting
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Heather Bentley

Instructor
Viola, Ensembles
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Greg Campbell

Instructor
Drum Set, Percussion, Ensembles
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Chuck Deardorf

Instructor
Bass, Ensembles
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Leanna Keith

Instructor
Flute, Ensembles
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Raymond Larsen

Instructor
Trumpet
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Michael Jinsoo Lim

Instructor
Violin
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Peter Mack

Instructor, Piano
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David Marriott

Instructor, Trombone
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Michael Nicolella

Instructor
Guitar
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Jarrad Powell

Instructor, Gamelan Ensemble

Faculty Emeriti | Music

Jarrad Powell, Professor Emeritus | 1984 – 2020
Paul Taub, Professor Emeritus | 1979 – 2018 | (d. 2021)
Janice Giteck, Professor Emerita | 1979 – 2016
Jim Knapp, Professor Emeritus | 1971 – 2016

 


Program Information

Turn Raw Creativity Into Real Power

Office of Admission

Main Campus Center
Floor 3
admission@cornish.edu
(800) 726-ARTS