Johnaye Kendrick music faculty

Professor of Music

Johnaye Kendrick



Grammy®️ nominated vocalist, composer, orchestrator and multi-instrumentalist, Johnaye Kendrick received a Master of Music from Loyola University and an Artist Diploma from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute. Johnaye performs original compositions as well as fresh interpretations of beloved jazz and contemporary works. A dedicated educator, Johnaye serves as Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. In 2014, she founded her johnygirl record label in efforts to release honest music representative of her world, removed from the superficial constructs surrounding contemporary music in today’s recording industry. On this label she recorded, produced and released two albums: HERE, a collection of heartfelt originals and FLYING a collection of originals and covers. Johnaye is a recipient of the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant (2022,) the Marble House Creative Residency (2022,) the South Arts Jazz Road Creative Residency (2022) and the Chamber Music America Performance Plus Grant (2020.)


Bachelor of Music
Western Michigan University

Master of Music
Loyola University

Artist Diploma
Herbie Hancock Institute (formerly Thelonious Monk Institute)