O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
California-born pianist Cori Peterson Belle began playing the piano at a young age, easily picking up melodies and basic harmonizations by ear. She began her formal training with her mom's best friend, Ginny Lundquist, at the age of six. Throughout junior high and high school, she studied with piano instructor Barbara Stoutenburgh and performed in recitals and master classes under the direction of notable pianists Leonidas Lipovetsky, Dalton Baldwin, and Margo Garrett. Throughout high school, she accompanied local choirs under the direction of Mrs. Julia Rowe, collaborating with internationally acclaimed vocalists Paul Yoder and Darrell Rowader. In her senior year, Cori was awarded the honor of "Most Promising Young Accompanist at the High School Level" by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. After being awarded a piano scholarship to Grand Canyon University, Cori studied with Dr. Judy Lively. Cori accompanied extensively at the school, lending her talents to opera workshops, the University Chorale, voice students, and piano ensembles. While earning her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, she also presented several solo piano recitals and appeared with members of the Phoenix Symphony in a performance of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. Upon graduation, Cori received a scholarship to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she studied for six weeks, performing with up-and-coming opera singers in various venues around the city. In 1999, Cori began teaching piano and accompanying in the Seattle area, where she currently resides. Her collaborative work with the United Voices of Antioch and Dr. Stephen Michael Newby has led her to perform at Benaroya Hall and The Triple Door in Seattle; churches in Detroit, Michigan; and Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She enjoyed working for ten years as music director and pianist at SecondStory Repertory Theater in Redmond, Washington. She has also participated as music director and pianist in shows for Studio East, the International School in Bellevue, and various local schools. Cori currently lives in Bothell, Washington, with her husband and daughters. Her newest endeavor is the creation of Indie Musikhaus, a network of local musicians that collaborates and performs in a series of house concerts, starting in her own living room.