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Forward-thinking musicians thrive at Cornish. Our legacy includes maverick composers, cutting-edge jazz, and international performers. Here, you’ll work with world-renowned faculty mentors to refine your skills and develop your own path in the music industry.

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Bachelor of Music (BM)

What Will You Learn
as A Music Major at Cornish?

Cornish has pioneered a unified degree that grounds our students in the essentials, yet offers individualized pathways that lead to discovery.

Vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers work side-by-side in the same curriculum, allowing ample opportunity for focused study and experimentation. As a music major, you’ll center your work in private instruction in your primary area of study, develop advanced skills in theory, composition, and music technology, and collaborate on your own creative projects.

Understand music through the lens of history, culture, and politics. Learn to communicate these ideas effectively as a performer, writer, and speaker.

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

Student Performances

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 + Staff

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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
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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
Dr. Peter Mack, Professor Emeritus | 1987 – 2021


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