University of Arkansas Children’s Choir
The University of Arkansas Children’s Choir began in 1997 and has grown to be one of the most distinguished youth choral programs in the region. This group of over 100 students focuses on singing a diverse selection of choral music, including pieces from a variety of languages and cultures. Singers in the program also learn performance skills, sight singing, ear training and music theory.
Meet the Team
Rachel Cornett is a graduate of Green Forest High School and the University of Arkansas with a Bachelors in Choral Music Education and Masters in Music Education. During her time at the U of A she studied classical voice, sang in many choirs, and played percussion and piccolo in the UA Marching Band. After graduation, Rachel taught Middle School Choir for ten years in Bentonville, Arkansas (2003 Teacher of the Year) and was the co-director of the Bentonville Children’s Choir before moving to New York City in 2011. In NYC, Mrs. Cornett taught music and served in leadership at TEP Charter School in Manhattan. Rachel is currently teaching 8th and 9th grade Choir at Lakeside Junior High in Springdale, Arkansas and is the director of the University of Arkansas Children’s Choir. She is National Board Certified Teacher, recently earned her ESL Certification (teaching students for whom English is their Second Language) and serves on the Arkansas Choral American Choral Directors Association Board as the Children & Community Youth Choirs Chair. Rachel was the invited choral clinician for both the Region 2 and Region 3 Jr High All-Region Choirs in Central Arkansas in 2017 and Region 5 in 2018 and continues to be invited to clinic choirs across the region. She has sung professionally in Vocalis, The Link, and the Arkansas Gospel Chorale. Mrs. Cornett lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas with her husband, Jamie, and their two children Audrie and Annie.