Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts


INFERNO - Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy on the 700th anniversary of his death.
An electroacoustic work by Fabio Imbergamo
For public performances, streaming, projects about Dante and festivals, please contact me at [email protected]
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From Jovino Santos Neto-I wish him all the success and joy his friends, family and music will bring him!

Dear Cornish friends,

I am writing to you to say farewell after 26 years as a teacher at Cornish. As you may or may not have heard, I was laid off at the end of last semester, so I never had a chance to say a proper goodbye to any of you. That made me very sad. Coupled with everything else going on in our world, it felt like a sudden shock that took a while to process and digest. Fortunately, thanks to the support of my family and friends and to my experience as an improviser, I was able to reinvent myself, offering online classes on a lot of the same subjects I have taught at Cornish over the years, and the response to my offerings has been phenomenal. Since May I have had close to 200 students sign up. Strangely enough,what has happened gave me the opportunity to change directions in my life once again, leaving behind what no longer was pleasurable, staying true to my core beliefs and finding appreciation in what I have to share with students of all levels, backgrounds and ages.

I do urge all of you to support the Cornish Federation of Teachers. They have been incredibly helpful to us in offering guidance and mentorship as we navigated these stormy waters.

In closing, please stay in touch. I have no plans to go anywhere else. Seattle has been my home for the past 27 years. Cornish will always be the place where I came as a student and learned so much from amazing teachers like Roger Nelson, Jim Knapp and Janice Giteck, and from all the students who have taught me how to teach. I am looking forward to the day we can have live musical performances, but until then, you will find me in most social platforms doing what I love.

Please stay safe and vote!

My best wishes to all,
Let us talk about our honored alumnae Alaina Stocker (AR 2015)-artist writer mistress of all things practical and visionary--problem-solver and community builder! This is the Living Artists' Collective--I am honored to have been her Profeesor in art history to tell the tale of the Collective project- this adventure- a place to make work, share a beautiful social and work space, and understand the true meaning of the collective -
Hi everyone! I created a survey about ballet dancers and would appreciate it if you could take the time to complete it. It shouldn't take more than five minutes. Thank you! Here is the link:
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Alumnus Post:

Greetings Cornish fam! I've made it to the final round of the World Bach Competition 2020 in Professional Musician ring.

If you all go and follow this youtube link and give a like my video over there, it would help me win this global competition.

Thank you all for the help!
We are very proud of you Gabby, congratulations on completing you four years of education we are hoping the will continue on the your Masters Degree In England. We love 💕 you and wish you the best.
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If you're having a hard time, we understand and want to help. We'll be holding a free GROUP COACHING session, next Wednesday, April 16 at 7pm. Here we'll be happy to answer your questions and give you strategies to help you cope.

Click the link below to register. It's free. We just want to do our part to help!

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Cornish College of the Arts is the premier accredited arts college in the Northwest, inspiring the h

Cornish College of the Arts is the premier accredited arts college in the Northwest, inspiring the highest standards of artistic and academic excellence. Raising artists, citizens and innovators for 100+ years, Cornish fosters a fresh and modern educational setting with an academic edge. What started as a one room school house has produced such icons as Mary Lambert, Merce Cunningham, Brendan Fras

Operating as usual


New exhibit alert! ‘Celebrating Pacific Northwest Artists: 25 Years of the Neddy Awards’ opens at MOHAI on June 4.

This exhibit, curated by Negarra A. Kudumu and developed in collaboration with the Behnke Foundation and Cornish College of the Arts, features past Neddy grand prize award recipients–some of the most significant Northwest visual artists of the last quarter century. The Neddy Artist Award, created twenty-five years ago to honor Seattle artist and teacher Ned Behnke (1948-1989), recognizes innovative visual artists across media.


Join us this weekend for the Cornish Theater Department's production of "Head Over Heels."

Head Over Heels is a GENDERQUEER / LGBTQIA+ celebration of love and transformation told through a mash-up of 80s pop punk and Elizabethan verse - speaks to a contemporary audience about the challenge we have in continuing to grow in our acceptance journey and the power of forgiveness.

Find tickets and showtimes from tonight through Sunday: .

Songs by The Go-Gos
Conceived and Original Book by Jeff Whitty
Adapted by James Magruder
Directed by Richard Gray
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Brendan Fraser Accepts the Oscar for Lead Actor 03/14/2023

Congratulations to Cornish alum Brendan Fraser on winning the Best Actor Oscar for his incredible performance in 'The Whale'

Brendan Fraser Accepts the Oscar for Lead Actor Watch Brendan Fraser's Oscar 2023 acceptance speech for Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Charlie in THE WHALE. See more Oscar acceptance speeches...


And just like that I’m back at it! Partied until the wee hours and then hopped on a 7am flight to teach at 10:30am… 👀 HUGE thanks to Cornish College of the Arts for allowing me to bring our whole Cornish family along 🫶🏾🫶🏾🫶🏾


Celebrating for their first of MANYYYY nominations!


Tune in tomorrow for a live Instagram takeover on with Cornish music professor Johnaye Kendrick at this year's Annual Grammy Awards ceremony!

Johnaye is a Grammy® nominated vocalist, composer, orchestrator and multi-instrumentalist. She received her master's degree in 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.

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.)


On this Giving Tuesday, we are thankful for the support of our community of artists and art champions. Today, we invite you to support student scholarships with your donation:

You can give to our general scholarship fund, or directly to the newly established Syvilla Fort scholarship fund to support our BIPOC students, or to support our Seattle Public School students special scholarship.

A generous trustee, family-owned business CEO Karl Moering has generously agreed to triple match every gift of $250 or more toward students scholarships*! What a great way to triple your impact!


Alumnx Exhibition "here/now: and everywhere after" officially opens in an hour! The opening reception is today from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m at the new Behnke Family Gallery:

The exhibit, curated by Alexis L. Silva ‘18, will run through March 10.

Artists include: Colby Bishop ('21), Monyee Chau ('18), Elizabeth Faragher ('17), RYAN! Feddersen ('09), Markie Mickelson ('17), David Andrew Nelson ('15), Tia Shekelle ('21), Ric'kisha Taylor ('21).

Image: Tia Shekelle, eyang (youth), 2021, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches.


Cornish’s sold out production of “Cabaret” opens tonight!

Stay tuned for interviews and behind-the-scenes looks at the show this weekend.

Interviews and video made by Olivia Freeman. Olivia is a first-year Theater student and an actor, singer-songwriter, and interviewer.

Photos from Cornish College of the Arts's post 11/08/2022

Happy ! Feels like the perfect day for a throwback to these awesome buttons Design and Art students made in 2020.


Professor emeritus of music Chuck Deardorf passed away last month. Chuck was a member of the Music Department beginning in 1979 and he continued teaching until his untimely death, even though he retired this past spring. During a 43-year career at Cornish, Chuck provided private instruction in acoustic and electric bass, improvisation and jazz studies, and music business. In addition, he coached various music ensembles, including small-group jazz, blues, generative music, and the summer jazz workshop. He was well loved at Cornish, in the Seattle music community, and beyond.

The Seattle jazz community suffered a tremendous loss on October 9, 2022, with the passing of a one-of-a-kind musician and mentor. We sure do miss him, like so many of you, and always will. The November issue of the Earshot Jazz Magazine is in memoriam of the one, the only: Chuck Deardorf. To read the full piece and more from the November issue, check out the current issue of the 🗞️ Available here:

The Brightest Thing in the World | Yale Repertory Theatre 11/08/2022

The Brightest Thing in the World | Yale Repertory Theatre It’s classic rom-com. Beguiling Lane works in a bakery and in short order wins over cool customer Steph with her warmth, wit, and homemade desserts. Their blossoming relationship also opens the door to romance for Lane’s older sister Della, who hasn’t been on a date in years. But the skies dra...

Photos from Cornish College of the Arts's post 10/25/2022

Thank you to everyone from the local community who came to Friday’s ribbon cutting and opening celebration for two new Cornish creative spaces—Raisbeck Auditorium and the Behnke Family Gallery!

Both spaces are located at the Ivey (across from the Main Campus Center) on the corner of Lenora and Boren.

Stay tuned this fall semester for more events happening in these spaces!

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We’re excited for the Music Department’s student showcase this Friday night at 8pm in Raisbeck/Ivey auditorium. Students will present music they’ve been working on in lessons, classes, or on their own. Join us!


The Cornish music community is mourning the death of longtime faculty member Chuck Deardorf, who taught bass and jazz related courses at Cornish for over 40 years. It is impossible to overstate his influence on countless young musicians.

This photo of Chuck, taken by his wife Kelly, is from Cornish’s 2022 Commencement when he was made an Emeritus faculty member. Chuck was no fan of academic regalia but we think he looks particularly smashing here.

There will be a time for tributes and concerts in Chuck’s honor, but this is a time for sadness and we extend our love to Chuck’s family and all the students and colleagues who loved him.

Photos from Cornish College of the Arts's post 10/08/2022

Looking for something to do this weekend? Take advantage of this unseasonably warm October weather and stroll past campus where you'll find these powerful and vibrant works by A.O. Hamer—the first of many works to appear on the new Ivey Art Wall!

While you're there, pop into the Neddy Artist Award Exhibition open from noon to 6 Wednesday through Saturday!

“The Zodiac Queens,” by A.O. Hamer.
📸 Winifred Westergard.


Do you know a young artist working on their portfolio for applying to a college art program? Cornish's School for the Creative Arts has taken its popular Summer at Cornish intensive, Portfolio Development, and created a new fall session. Scheduled before early college application deadlines and designed for anyone looking for portfolio guidance and review to help them reach the college of their choice!

Classes start soon, so register here today!

Exploring FAFSA and Financial Aid at Cornish - Cornish 10/03/2022

A new school year has begun, rainy weather should be just around the corner, and Halloween decorations are already making appearances. These all mark the telltale signs of fall, but also an important time for all current and prospective students alike—it’s FAFSA season!

Learn more about FAFSA and other financial aid options at Cornish on the Lenora St. Blog:

Exploring FAFSA and Financial Aid at Cornish - Cornish In addition to federal student aid, undergraduate students will find a variety of both merit-based and need-based aid options at Cornish.


Associate professor Erin Elyse Burns featured in group exhibition with artist talk next Thursday in SOIL Artist Collective Talk series at Central Washington University's Sarah Spurgeon Gallery!


He Hawai'i Au, Capstone Film by 2022 Film Grad Daymien Buñao, featured in Local Sightings Film Festival tomorrow!


Join us in Seattle for the National Portfolio Day at Cornish College of the Arts! Share your portfolio with your top art schools, meet art faculty and future art students, and c***ect with fellow artists. This year's event includes more than 30 participating schools!

National Portfolio Day will be Sunday, Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Main Cornish Campus. Hope to see you there!

Learn more and register on our website:


The Cornish Music Department presents: Healthy Musicians: Practice Wellness, a workshop with Liz Corwin, DPT, SCS

Monday September 26, 6:30 - 8:00
Raisbeck/Ivey Auditorium (2018 Boren Ave.)

Free and open to all.

Join us to discuss musician wellness with a focus on enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of practice while reducing injury. We’ll specifically discuss posture, the benefit of pairing exercise with practice, and practice schedules (with a focus on returning to play after breaks, i.e. summer and injuries). We’ll also learn some basic stretches/movements to promote longevity in musicians.

Photos from Cornish College of the Arts's post 09/14/2022

Next Friday, join us at the opening of this year’s Fall Alumni Exhibition by artist and Cornish alum Nikita Ares!

The exhibit opening is next Friday, Sept. 23 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Main Cornish Campus Alumni Gallery.

30 Under 30 | 2022 09/14/2022

30 Under 30 | 2022 After the last two years of working from home and other pandemic-related woes, we wanted our 2022 cohort of the Eastside’s best and brightest young professionals to have fun and

Photos from Cornish+'s post 09/14/2022

Here is a fascinating article from the NY TIMES about the creative process for the impending Broadway production of 1776. It features Theater alum Sara Porkalob (pictured center below, who gets a shout-out in the article.

"But the show’s dark heart is the silky and sinister “Molasses to Rum.” Traditionally, it’s presented as a vocal tour de force (see John Cullum’s stentorian baritone in the 1972 movie), and critics have often paid more attention to the singing than the chilling substance of the song.

In their staging of the song (sung by Sara Porkalob), Page and Paulus force the audience to consider the enslaved people who form one corner of the Triangle Trade not as abstractions, but as real bodies, massed in a wordless chorus that includes the Black actors who play Adams, Franklin and John Hancock. "
Full article linked in the comments below.
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One more week till the fall semester, so you know what that means ... it's new student orientation week!

This morning, Dean of Student Affairs Brittany Henderson welcomed students in the new Raisbeck Auditorium at The Ivey building. Stay tuned for sneak peeks and upcoming events in this new space this semester!

📸 James Falzone.

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