Elizabeth Gunlogson and Eileen Cornett to perform guest recital Oct. 25

Oct. 16, 2009

Elizabeth Gunlogson, assistant professor of clarinet at the University of New Hampshire, and Eileen Cornett, director of the masters program in ensemble arts: vocal accompanying at Peabody Conservatory of Music, will hold a master class and guest recital Oct. 24-25.

Gunlogson and Cornett will each present a master class Saturday, Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m. Gunlogson will present her research on the clarinet teaching of Stanley Hasty in the Choir Room of Jenson-Noble Music Hall. Cornett will present a vocal-coach/accompanying master class in the Sperati Room of Jenson-Noble Music Hall.

Gunlogson, clarinet, and Cornett, piano, will present a guest recital Sunday, Oct. 25,
4 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall.

All programs are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Gunlogson and Cornett will perform works including “Capriccio” by Heinrich Sutermeister; Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48 by Carl Maria von Weber; “Solo de Concours” by André Messager; “Mysterium Coniunctionis” by Gary Kulesha, accompanied by Michael Chesher, Luther associate professor of music, bass clarinet; “Canzonetta” by Gabriel Pierné; and “Tonada y Cueca” by Carlos Guastavino.

Prior to her appointment at the University of New Hampshire, Gunlogson served on the faculties of Morgan State University, the Baltimore School for the Arts and Luther College. She has presented numerous clarinet clinics and master classes throughout the United States and enjoys an active schedule as an adjudicator. She is also the New Hampshire chairperson for the International Clarinet Association.

Gunlogson performs regularly with Northern Accord, an ensemble formed to explore music written for the combination of mezzo-soprano, clarinet and piano, as well as the New Sousa Band.

She is active as a freelance musician and has performed with Opera Vivente, Annapolis Opera, the Maryland Philharmonic and the Tallahassee Symphony. Recently Gunlogson presented her research of clarinetist Stanley Hasty at the 2008 Ohio State University-Johnstone Woodwind Master Series and the 2007 College Music Society National Conference.

A native of Willow, Alaska, Gunlogson holds the bachelor of arts degree from Luther College, the master of music degree from Indiana University, and the doctor of music degree from Florida State University with certificates in world music and college teaching. While at Florida State University, she served as a clarinet teaching assistant for Frank Kowalsky and received a Dissertation Research Grant to assist in her studies of Stanley Hasty. In addition to Kowalsky, her teachers include Eli Eban, Howard Klug and Michael Chesher.

Cornett performs as a collaborative artist, opera coach, solo and orchestral pianist, music director and conductor.

In addition to serving as director of the master's program in ensemble arts: vocal accompanying, Cornett is the principle faculty coach for the opera department at Peabody Conservatory.

She was a recent guest artist in Taiwan, giving master classes at universities and vocal societies in Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung. She performed in recitals at Tapei’s National Concert Hall with soprano Gigi Chan and former Peabody student Peter Lee. She also served as a guest coach for “Don Giovanni” with the Creaton Opera Company in Kaohsiung.

A frequent guest coach/accompanist for the Baltimore Opera’s Young Artist Program and the Annapolis Opera Company, Cornett has also coached and conducted the Opera Theatre program at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

Cornett has performed with the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and Kennedy Center Opera Orchestras as solo and orchestral pianist.

She is a frequent pianist/keyboardist for the Kennedy Center Ballet, Opera, and Show Orchestras, the Kennedy Center Honors orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony, Washington’s National Theatre, Wolf Trap, Baltimore’s Mechanic Theatre, Hippodrome and the Lyric Opera House.

Cornett holds the bachelor of music degree in piano performance and the master of music degree in piano accompanying and chamber music from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Martin Katz and Lynne Bartholomew. She pursued additional studies with Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Jean Barr at the Music Academy of the West.


Eileen Cornett and Elizabeth Gunlogson