Inspired by music, Nancy Cornish has spent nearly five decades sharing her passion with the younger generations. She started out as a music teacher at Leavenworth West Junior High School in 1970, and maintained that position at Chanute High School, Allen County Community College, and Neosho County Community College between 1972 and 2000. During that time, Ms. Cornish also served as the director of the St. Cecilia Choir, the music director of the First United Methodist Church, and the president of the Neosho Valley Arts Council. She joined the University of Kansas as a graduate teaching assistant from 2001 to 2003, the Historic Governor’s Mansion Foundation as a secretary from 2003 to 2005, and the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir as a director from 2004 to 2012.
Now, Ms. Cornish is putting her experience to use as a music instructor at Laramie County Community College, an ordained minister, keyboardist, musician, and performer at the Community of Christ Church in Rhode Island and New York, and as the director of the Cranberry Coast Concert Corral. She prepared for her endeavors by earning a Master of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Kansas in 1975 and 1969, respectively.
Besides music, Ms. Cornish has also been involved in the financial industry. She worked in her family’s business, Cornish Wireline Services, Inc., from 1981 to 1990. Her role there was developing and implementing accounting systems for the accounts payable, accounts receivables and inventory controls. She is currently doing accounting for the Community of Christ Campground in Onset, Massachusetts.
In her spare time, Ms. Cornish enjoys sailing and skiing.