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Cornett Studio Collaborative Artists

Annie Flood

Annie Flood is versatile musician from Annapolis, Maryland.  She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude in Music, with a double concentration in Piano Performance and Vocal Performance.  While at Notre Dame, she studied piano with John Blacklow and voice with Georgine Resick, and was a recipient of the Halloran Music Scholarship.

Throughout her career Annie has enjoyed exploring several genres of music from opera to jazz.  She was often featured as a soloist in the Notre Dame Chorale’s annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, and sang chorus roles in Opera ND’s presentations of Le Nozze di Figaro, Les contes d’Hoffman, and Les dialogues des Carmélites.  She has also performed internationally, singing the role of First Spirit in Die Zauberflöte at the Kunming Opera Festival in 2011.  Annie has worked as a rehearsal pianist and coach for the Colonial Players of Annapolis, and has also enjoyed collaborating with Opera AACC, the Peabody Institute, and Regino Madrid, violinist of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra.

Passionate about the creative and collaborative aspects of music, Annie teaches private piano and voice lessons, and is active in the music ministry of several churches in the greater Baltimore area, including St. Mary’s Parish in Annapolis, where she is the Director of the Teen Choir.  Currently, Annie is working to combine her pianistic and vocal training, and is in her first year of the Vocal Accompanying graduate program at the Peabody Conservatory.

 

Aaron Thacker

 

Jannie Lo

Pianist Jannie Lo made her New York debut at the age of 14, appearing in the Young Virtuosos Gala Concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Since then, she has performed as a soloist with orchestras and at festivals in the US, Canada, Germany, Austria, Holland, and Italy. Also an accomplished chamber musician, she has collaborated with luminaries such as Roberto Diaz, Norman Fischer, Paul Hersh, Axel Srauss, Joseph Swensen, and the Calder Quartet.

In recent seasons, she has presented recitals in diverse halls such as the Ruïnekerk in Bergen, Holland, the Telekom Headquarters in Bonn, Germany, and the Steifel Theater in Salinas, Kansas. The Südkurier Newpaper called her playing “not only extraordinary technically, but delivered the composer’s intention masterfully.” 

Ms. Lo was a recipient of the DAAD German Exchange Grant for research on European Contemporary Music, which funded a year of study in Freiburg, Germany. During that time, she performed chamber music works by a range of notable German composers, among them, Günter Bialas, Harald Genzmer, Nicholas A. Huber, Wolfgang Rihm, Matthias Spahlinger, and Jörg Widmann. She has additionally received awards from the Wideman International Piano Competition, King Award for Young Artists, the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition, and the Pacific Musical Society.

Ms. Lo earned graduate degrees from the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany and from the San Francisco Conservatory. She is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts degree cadidate at the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky. Equally passionate about performing and teaching, she joined the Peabody Preparatory piano faculty in 2014.

 

Yin Zhu 

 

Peyson Moss   

   

Peyson Lee Moss is a native of Lincolnton, GA, where he began taking piano lessons at the age of 7. Before receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, he previously studied piano and accompanying at Mercer University with Dr. Carol Goff in Macon, GA. Moss has performed in masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Warren Jones, Ricky Ian Gordon, Margo Garrett, Denyce Graves, and Dawn Upshaw.  During his time at the University of Georgia, Moss played for numerous vocal majors, studio classes, lessons, masterclasses, and recitals. He also served as Pianist & Co-Director for the University of Georgia Vocal Quartet. 

Throughout his career, Moss has been an active church musician for over 15 years, studying organ with Keith Shaffer and Dr. David Burton-Brown. Moss is the current Director of Music & Organist at Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, MD. Moss is also an active choral accompanist. Recently, he was selected as the Pianist for the Mt. Vernon Consort in Baltimore, MD for the “American Masses” concert. In 2010, Moss was also engaged as the Principal Pianist for the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus in Atlanta, GA, a professionally led, auditioned group of 100 singers.  

Currently, Moss is finishing his graduate degree in Vocal Accompanying at the Peabody Conservatory, where he held the Graduate Assistantship in Vocal Accompanying for two years. Moss has served as an active pianist for the Peabody Opera Program, playing for multiple opera scene performances, as well as Massenet’s Cendrillon.

Along with Laura Whittenberger (soprano), he is also serving as Pianist for a recording project featuring songs set to the poetry of W. B. Yeats by Raymond Driver. At the completion of his graduate work in December 2015, Moss has been engaged as the Organist of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA starting in January 2016.

 

Aejin Kim

Aejin Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She began studying piano at the age of five and started accompanying at the age of 12 with prominent musicians in South Korea.  She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance and Piano Accompanying from Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia. At Boyer, she studied with Lambert Orkis and Harvey Wedeen. While at Temple, she accompanied over 30 recitals, juries, and numerous lessons. She was a graduate teaching assistant (TA) and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Aejin accompanied the University Singers Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Jeffery Cornelius, for concerts at the Kimmel Center, and other concerts in New York City, and Chicago.   Aejin joined the committee for student hospitality for the annual piano competition at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Currently, she is studying in vocal accompanying major at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University with Eileen Cornett, and was awarded a Graduate Assistantship in Opera Accompanying for the fall of 2014. She played for  Peabody outreach opera productions of “Hansel and Gretel" during the 2013-14 school year.

 

Johanna Kvam

 

Johanna Kvam, a native of Rochester, MN, is currently in her second year of Peabody's Vocal Accompanying MM program. A recipient of the 2015 Clara Ascherfeld Award in Accompanying, Johanna holds a graduate assistantship in Vocal Accompanying and plays for voice students in the studios of Stanley Cornett, Bill Sharp, Marianna Busching, Ah Young Hong, and Steve Rainbolt. She has also been active in Peabody's opera department, having performed the U.S. premiere of Jonathan Dove's "Mansfield Park" in February 2015. Tim Smmith of the Baltimore Sun reported: "Pianists Johanna Kvam and Hanna Shin make the most of the assignment, becoming major stars of the production."  Since beginning her piano studies at the age of 5, Johanna has developed a strong passion for both music and language that followed her throughout her years at Macalester College as a Music (Piano Performance) major and English minor. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied with Mark Mazullo and played for many voice lessons, recitals, chamber groups, conducting classes, musical theater productions and choral rehearsals.  She served as Choir Accompanist for both Macalester's Highland Camerata and Parkview UCC church in White Bear Lake, MN, as well as accompanying concerts for organizations such as the Honors Choirs of SE MN and the Rochester Music Guild.

Johanna has played for masterclasses and coachings with pianists Ruth Palmer, Timothy Lovelace, and Anton Kuerti.

 

Ju Young Lee

Ju Young Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and began playing the piano at age of six. She graduated from West Virginia University where she earned a Bachelor degree in Piano Performance and studied with Dr. James Miltenberger. She received a full tuition scholarship throughout her undergraduate years.

Pianist Ju Young Lee performs actively as soloist and collaborative artist. She was the gold medalist of New Praise Support Society (2007), the winner of the Music Teachers National Association (2009) and the Young Artist Competition of West Virginia University (2011). She was also the winner in the Pittsburgh Concert Society (2011) and praised as being “deeply in touch with the inner drama of this piece and having the technique to realize her artistic intent.” She has performed in Italy, Mexico, and South Korea.

In 2013, Lee was the finalist in the Liszt Garrison Competition as a Collaborative Artist and also received the Best Interpretation Award of American songs.

Ju Young served as accompanist for Peabody Opera Potpourri of “An Operatic Lollapalooza” and for Peabody Chamber Opera of “Before Breakfast.” As an assistant coach, she has accompanied and coached productions of  Hansel and Gretel, Cendrillon, and Die Entführung aud dem Serail.

Lee has performed in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Marilyn Horne, Denyce Graves, and Margo Garrett.

Lee completed a Master of Music degree in vocal accompanying at the Peabody institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Eileen Cornett. Currently, she is pursuing her Graduate Performance Diploma in Vocal Accompanying with a full tuition scholarship as a Graduate Assistantship in Peabody Opera Department.

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Graduates

Celeste Johnson

With a style described as "eloquent" by the Baltimore Sun, pianist Celeste Johnson (MM’14, Vocal Accompanying) is deeply inspired by the unique power of words and music functioning in artistic tandem and constantly seeks diverse opportunities as a collaborative performer. In recent seasons, she has played with innovative Baltimore organizations such as the Occasional Symphony and Classical Revolution, in addition to extensive work with the Peabody Opera Department. Celeste makes herself an integral part in an ensemble of any size, from vocal recitals and chamber works to orchestral repertoire and operas.

Celeste is especially passionate about opera coaching and her recent pursuits in this area have included the positions of chorus master and pit musician for Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and assistant coach for Hansel and Gretel, both productions of the Peabody Opera Department. Her thoughtful playing earned Celeste a nomination by the piano faculty at Baylor to represent the keyboard division in the Dean’s Honors Concert of 2011, the same semester she received the Baylor School of Music Bernard A. and Bessie Hess Smith Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. The following year, as a self-­employed freelance accompanist, she toured the east coast as the pianist for Baylor University’s A Cappella Choir.

Celeste recently completed a Master of Music degree in vocal accompanying at the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Eileen Cornett. Celeste received a Bachelor of Music from Baylor University in 2011, studying with Jane Abbott­-Kirk. She has studied with Dr. Esther Wang, Dr. Teresa Dybvig, and been a participant in master classes with Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, and Dawn Upshaw. Celeste has played for the studios of Denyce Graves, William Sharp, and Stanley Cornett. Celeste is a member of the Gamma Tau Chapter of Phi Kappa Lambda.

Celeste Johnson is the recipient of a full tuition, room, and board scholarship as a Collaborative Piano Intern for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Vocal Program, an intensive training and performance program set in the inspirational beauty of the Big Island of Hawaii in July. Celeste’s responsibilities include acting as repetiteur for opera productions, playing for master classes with Ricky Ian Gordon, and accompanying other recitals, master classes, and lessons.

 

 

Nicholas Pothier

Nicholas Pothier is currently a second-year Master’s degree student at the Peabody Conservatory. Hailing from southern New Hampshire,  Nicholas completed his BA in Piano Performance from the University of New Hampshire, studying with Arlene Kies, after previously studying cello and music education at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

At UNH, Nick was a member of the university’s concert choir, chamber singers, opera workshop, and symphony orchestra as a singer, pianist, and cellist. His opportunities at UNH led him abroad to study in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, and to participate in the Anton Bruckner choir festival in Linz, Austria. As a bass-baritone chorister, Nicholas had the honor of singing with the New Hampshire Master Chorale in their 2012-2013 season.

Nicholas enjoys teaching piano privately, as well as performing as a soloist and accompanist. After becoming an opera fanatic at a young age, the decision to pursue a career in vocal accompanying and coaching was natural. Sharing a love of music at any level, Nicholas has music directed for youth musical theater and frequently accompanies student instrumentalists. Nicholas had the privilege of learning Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame and Russian song repertoire through the Russian Opera Workshop summer program housed at the Academy of Vocal Arts in 2013.

Nicholas holds a Graduate Assistantship in Vocal Accompanying at the Peabody Institute.

 

 

Nadezda (Nadja) Mijatovic-Sekicki

Nadezda Mijatovic-Sekicki (MM’13, Vocal Accompanying) will be the music director for D.C. Public Opera’s staged production of Schubert’s Goethe-Lieder, which will be hosted by the Austrian Cultural Forum at the Embassy of Austria on May 23, 2014  at 8 pm. She is looking forward to collaborating with the Embassy in creating this unusual production with stage director Jennifer Williams.Nadezda

(Nadja) Mijatovic-Sekicki received her BM and MM degrees in piano performance from the University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), as well as a Concert Diploma in piano performance from Conservatoire de Musique de Lausanne (Switzerland), where she studied with Jean-Francois Antonioli.

Nadja is currently in her 2nd year as a doctoral candidate in Collaborative Piano at the University of Maryland, where she is the recipient of both an assistantship and a stipend. Nadja has received many awards and scholarships as an outstanding student. She held the Arno and Ruth Drucker Scholarship at Peabody.

She has extensive experience performing as a chamber musician, collaborative pianist, and soloist. She has also performed in masterclasses for many renowned pianists. Before coming to the USA she worked as a coach accompanist at the University of Kragujevac’s Vocal Department (Serbia). At Peabody, she was music director for Peabody Opera Outreach production of “Ariel’s Tempest”.Nadja is a member of Association of the Music Artists of Serbia. She lives in Tacoma Park with her husband and daughter.

Rayna Slavova

Rayna Slavova (MM ’13, Vocal Accompanying) has been appointed a full time vocal coach and accompanist at the Fundación Universitaria Juan N Corpas in Bogota, Colombia. This position is the first of its kind at the University. She is also the principal vocal coach for the premiere of Accidental Death of an Anarchist, a new opera by Columbian composer Jorge Pinzon, based on the comic play by Dario Fo. The opera will premiere at the National Opera Festival in November, and is scheduled for its U.S. premiere in March.

Mary Trotter

Mary Trotter (MM’13, Vocal Accompanying) accompanied Metropolitan Opera baritone Aaron St. Claire Nicholson, the new artistic director of Opera Coeur d’Alene, for a series of fundraising concerts in November and January, and will serve as Opera Coeur d’Alene’s pianist for their summer cruise series and for their September production of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. She has been appointed as an adjunct theory professor, coach, and staff pianist at Whitworth University, and as a staff pianist for the vocal and choral department at Gonzaga University. Trotter is the recipient of a full tuition scholarship for the SongFest summer vocal program at the Colburn School in California this summer, where she will be working with the legendary vocal accompanist and scholar Graham Johnson, Craig Rutenberg, the Head of Music Administration at the Metropolitan Opera, and Alan Smith, Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Pianist Mary Trotter is originally from Snohomish, WA, and began playing the piano at age of five. She graduated with honors from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, where she earned her degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She fell in love with accompanying while playing for the University’s choirs and was soon in demand as an accompanist and private teacher. Upon graduation she maintained an active collaborative schedule, accompanying for Whitworth’s vocal and choral departments and serving there as an adjunct faculty member. Mary was the recipient of the Austin Conradi Memorial Scholarship at Peabody.  In addition to accompanying for a multitude of students and classes, she was a Graduate Assitant in Accompanying, and  the co-music director and accompanist for Peabody Opera Outreach’s new production of Ariel’s Tempest by Doug Buchanan.

Bethany Pietroniro

Praised by Baltimore’s The Glass for demonstrating “beautiful, melodic tones as well as driving percussive force,” pianist Bethany Pietroniro (MM '13, Vocal Accompanying) is an avid collaborative artist and performer of new music. Gathering together her passions for music, languages, and literature, Bethany is embarking on an active career in art song recitals and opera productions.

Upcoming concerts include a series of song recitals with young professional vocalists, which will take place throughout the Baltimore/DC area. In March 2013, Bethany made a third appearance on Baltimore’s Evolution Contemporary Music Series in a concert of works by Brooklyn-based composer Missy Mazzoli.

Bethany will spend summer 2013 as a pianist in the Professional Program of Songfest at Colburn, and will work with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble at the New Music on the Point Summer Institute. She has spent summers at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival, and Indiana University’s Summer Workshop in Slavic and East European Languages.

Bethany received dual master’s degrees in solo and collaborative piano from Peabody Conservatory, where she holds a teaching assistantship in music theory and studies with Yong Hi Moon and Eileen Cornett. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Indiana University, and alongside an active performing career hopes to eventually pursue her interest in the overlapping areas of music and cognitive science.

Ming-Ching Wu

Ming-Ching Wu (MM ’08, Piano, Vocal Accompanying) is teaching Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music at the Graduate Institute at National Tainan University of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan.  Wu also teaches at the Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Ming-Ching was the recipient of the Vladimir Horowitz scholarship for the study of collaborative piano at the Juilliard School of Music, and recently finished her doctoral studies in Collaborative Piano at Eastman School of Music.

Ka Nyoung Yoo

Ka Nyoung Yoo (MM ’10, Vocal Accompanying) was presented with the Peabody Preparatory’s accompanying award for her vocal and cello accompanying. Yoo has accepted a position at Towson University as staff accompanist and as their master class pianist. She was recently invited to perform with several members of the Towson voice faculty in their operatic recital program, Viva L’Opera!, and will be coaching for the Towson Opera Department next fall.

Ka Nyoung was born in Yeosu, South Korea and began studying piano at age 6. She graduated from the Hanyang University in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Piano performance, where she studied with MinSuk Kim and Mikyung Yoon. She received full tuition scholarships as a school/opera accompanist throughout her undergraduate years at Hanyang University. Ka Nyoung is currently the music director for Papageno!, Peabody Opera Theatre's Outreach production of The Magic Flute. She has also served as coach accompanist for Peabody's productions of La Traviata and The Advenures of Sharp Ears the Vixen.

Hyejin Kwon

Hyejin Kwon (MM ’11, Vocal Accompanying) will serve as repetiteur for Opera on the Avalon’s productions of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème and Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, then will serve as Intern Coach for the St. Andrew’s Arts Council 2014 Opera Workshop for Advanced Singers with Wendy Nielsen. Kwon has been active in Toronto as a masterclass pianist for Stephanie Blythe, Stephen Lord, Stuart Hamilton, and Tracey Dahl.

Praised as a “fine stand-in for an orchestra” by the Washington Post, pianist Hyejin Kwon, hails from Seoul, South Korea. Ms. Kwon began studying piano at age 4, made her first public debut at age 7 and her orchestra debut at age 11. Hyejin won numerous competitions in her native country while she was studying at the Korean National University of Art preparatory. She moved to the United States at age 15 to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Hyejin won the MTNA Concerto competition in 2004 and was also featured on Interlochen Public Radio.

Ms. Kwon graduated from the Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in 2009, with her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance, and in 2011, with her Master’s degree in Vocal Accompanying. Throughout her years at Peabody Institute, she worked as a school accompanist, toured with the Opera Outreach Program as their musical director, and also worked as a graduate assistant for the opera department. She also served as the pianist for the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute Choral Society from 2008-2011, then as their musical director from 2011-2012. Upon finishing her Masters degree Ms. Kwon was hired by the Lyric Opera Baltimore to work as their repetiteur and by the Repertory Theater of Washington as the music director for a year.  was Metropolitan Opera conductor Steven White's assistant and pianist for the Lyric Opera Baltimore's La Traviata, accompanying a cast that included Metropolitan Opera singers Elizabeth Futral and Jason Stearns. She returned again for Lyric Opera's productions of Faust and Le Nozze di Figaro.  Hyejin was awarded a full tuition fellowship and additional stipend for Aspen Music Festival in Collaborative Piano.Ms. Kwon moved to Canada in the fall of 2012, and has been working as a pianist, coach, repetiteur, and a music instructor in Greater Toronto Area. She is excited to be a part of University of Toronto Opera this year, where she will continue her study and work as an operatic repetiteur and a coach.

Miaomiao Wang

(MM '08, Vocal Accompanying) works as a pianist, vocal coach, and opera accompanist in the greater Boston area, where she is a doctoral candidate at Boston University. She joined San Francisco's Merola Opera Program as one of five apprentice coaches, and has also coached for Anchorage Opera. Miaomiao was the recipient of the Charlotte Cohen Milman Endowed Scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she earned a post graduate diploma in Collaborative Piano.

Mi Yeon Han

MiYeon Han  (MM '08, Vocal Accompanying) was selected to be the pianist for the Horn and Trumpet workshops at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute. After Miyeon joined VOCES INTIMAE for a complete performance of Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch in Dallas, Texas, Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News wrote: "Star of the show was pianist Mi Yeon Han, whose luminous, unforced tone and telling inflections caught the ear again and again."

Christine Pulliam

Christine Pulliam (MM ’10, Vocal Accompanying)

Pianist Christine Pulliam free-lances regularly in New York City as vocal coach, accompanist and as a chamber musician with the Opus Nine Ensemble. Last year she was a vocal coach for the Atlantic Music Festival and performed at the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France. Past performances also include the Vancouver International Song Institute, the Kennedy Center of Washington D.C., The Washington Sinfonietta, University of Wisconsin, Malacañang Palace in the Philippines, Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program, the Masterworks Festival, and Brevard Music Festival. A native of Indianapolis, she graduated from Butler University summa cum laude. She holds graduate degrees from the Peabody Institute and the University of Maryland and was previously on the faculty of the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C. She is currently teaches piano and accompanies the choir at The King’s College in New York City.

 

Bu Kyung Shin


Bu Kyung Shin was born in Seoul, South Korea and began studying piano at age 6. She earned a Bachelor degree in piano performance from Sookmyung Women’s University, where she studied with Jung Ae Son. She earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University with Seth Knopp. Currently, she is in her second year as a Masters of Vocal Accompanying degree program, studying with Eileen Cornett./p>

She had several performances in Korea including solo recital in 2006. Bu Kyung was awarded the Opera Assistantship in Accompanying, and has played for Peabody Opera Theatre productions of La Traviata, Cosi fan Tutte, The Adventures of Sharp Ears the Vixen, Transformations, and Die Fledermaus.

YooHee Shin

Ms. Yoohee Shin, a collaborative pianist from Southern California, is recognized as a leading artist of the Korean society in the United States.

Working as both a musician and a business woman, she is currently a president of Piano Plaza, Inc and a director of its Music Academy wherein numerous young students are registered. She is also a music education and information columnist of The Korea Monitor magazine, and is employed as a concert accompanist by the Washington Soloist Ensemble.

Ms. Shin started her training in music from an early age at Sun-Hwa Arts School in South Korea. After her immigration, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University as a piano major and simultaneously assisted the Opera Department and the Italian language departments as a coach and accompanist. Other accompanying experience includes rehearsal and concert piano for the Korean-American Young Artists and Los Angeles-Seoul Men's Chorale. Last summer, she served as a visiting faculty of music department at Hapdong Theological Seminary.

Ms. Shin has concertized in Seoul, California, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Maryland. She is a winner of numerous solo, concerto and chamber music competitions, including Choonchu Music Competition, a Gala Scholarship recipient of five thousand dollars at Hamilton Music Academy, the Asian-American Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Southwestern Music Festival Chamber Music Competition.

An active church musician, Ms. Shin has served as musical advisor for church mission trips to Bangladesh, China and Korea.

Her former teachers include Jayung Park in Korea, Ann Perry at University of Southern California, and Seth Knopp at Peabody Institute. Currently, she is in her first year as a graduate student in the Masters of Vocal Accompanying degree program, studying with Eileen Cornett.