Eileen Cornett is director of the graduate Vocal Accompanying Program at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and is currently enjoying her seventeenth year as a principal faculty coach with Peabody's Opera Department. She began her professional career as musical director of the Croswell Opera House (MI) and has subsequently conducted, coached, and arranged musical and operatic productions for numerous regional and international companies.
She joined soprano Sylvia McNair and stage director Tim Nelson of the American Opera Theatre as musical director of a Songspiel of Kurt Weill songs at American University and Baltimore's Theatre Project. This past spring, she performed in recital at Dartmouth University, Lipscomb University, and at the University of Mississippi, where she also gave a master class for collaborative piano majors. She visited Luther College, the University of New Hampshire, and St. Olaf College for collaborative piano master classes and recitals with clarinetist Liz Gunlogson. She works frequently as a guest coach/accompanist for the Baltimore Opera's Young Artist Program and the Annapolis Opera Company; her summer faculty appointments include the Opera Theatre program at the Fairbanks (Alaska) Summer Arts Festival, the Seagle Colony Vocal Program in Schroon Lake, NY, the Lake Placid Institute in upstate NY, and the Tanz und Gesang Studio at the Theatre an der Wien in Vienna, Austria.
She spent four weeks as a guest artist in Taiwan, where she gave master classes at universities and vocal societies in Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung, and performed in recitals at Taipei's National Concert Hall with soprano Gigi Chan and Golden Melody Award Winner Peter Lee.
With the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and Kennedy Center Opera Orchestras, she has performed as solo and orchestral pianist for conductors Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Paul Gemignani, Bill Conte, and Marvin Hamlisch. She joined James Levine and the Three Tenors with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra at their performance in the MCI Center, soloing with Luciano Pavarotti. She has served as an official accompanist for the International Marian Anderson Vocal Arts, the Annapolis Opera, and the Rosa Ponselle "All Marylanders" Competitions, and has collaborated in recital at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre, Merkin Hall, the Embassies of France and Russia, Strathmore Hall's "Music in the Mansion" series, and the Peabody Conservatory. She shared the stage with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre in a benefit concert for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.
She has performed nationally with the musical political satire group The Capitol Steps, and is a member of a chamber music trio, Northern Accord. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and her 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 and her husband, tenor Stanley Cornett, make their home in Baltimore, where they are the enormously proud parents of two girls, Lydia (17) and Emily (15).