Northern Accord

Northern Accord is comprised of Kirsten Gunlogson (mezzo-soprano), Eileen Cornett (piano), and Liz Gunlogson (clarinet). 

Northern Accord is a chamber music trio featuring mezzo-soprano, clarinet and piano performing both well-loved classics and little-known contemporary pieces composed for this distinctive instrumentation. With the mission of offering high-caliber music that is accessible and enjoyable, Northern Accord constantly challenges itself to unearth pieces that will suit its spirited, quirky and personable nature. Audiences connect quickly with its fun and heartfelt approach to music-making and find themselves drawn into the stories told through song. The wide range of possible sonorities produced by the clarinet, voice and piano allows the ensemble to offer everything from irreverent texts to warm textures that communicate both simple beauty and complex emotions.

The ensemble connects with audiences through works ranging from Brahms, Spohr, Mozart and Stravinsky to folk songs by lesser-known modern day composers. With each member having special ties to Alaska, Northern Accord includes in its repertoire a collection of pieces written by Alaskan artists, often on Alaskan themes, such as the exploration of human relationships to nature. All of this amounts to a varied and entertaining program, presenting a landscape of sounds and textures only possible through this unique yet underexposed combination of instruments.

Northern Accord is comprised of Kirsten Gunlogson (mezzo-soprano), Liz Gunlogson (clarinet), and Eileen Cornett (piano), each of whom brings to the group extensive performing credentials. Mezzo-soprano Kirsten Gunlogson holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and has performed with Michigan Opera Theatre, Palm Beach Opera, Utah Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Toledo Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Tulsa Opera, Arizona Opera and Nashville Opera.  Miss Gunlogson has performed concert and oratorio works with the Nashville Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Utah Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.  Miss Gunlogson also holds the position of Assistant Professor of Voice at University of Utah. Clarinetist Liz Gunlogson holds a Doctor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Florida State University and is on the faculty of University of New Hampshire. She performs regularly with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band and has appeared with orchestras in Indiana, Florida, Maryland and New Hampshire. Eileen Cornett is director of the master's program in Ensemble Arts: Vocal Accompanying at the Peabody Conservatory and is principal faculty coach with Peabody's Opera Department. She performs as a collaborative artist, opera coach, solo and orchestral pianist, music director, and conductor.

Northern Accord performs regularly on concert series and college campuses throughout the United States. Some recent performances include Middle Tennessee State University, Brigham Young University, and the An die Musik Series of Baltimore.  In addition to concert performances, Northern Accord offers master classes on its individual instruments (including accompanying) or chamber music. The group has recently debuted a new program devoted entirely to the performance of works incorporating Alaskan themes.

Contact Northern Accord

For more information about Northern Accord, please contact Kirsten Gunlogson at KGunlogson@aol.com.