• DMA, wind conducting, University of Michigan
  • MM, wind conducting, Northwestern University
  • BM, music education and saxophone performance, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

Patricia Cornett is the Director of Bands at Temple University where she conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and courses in wind literature. Prior to joining the faculty at Temple, she was the Director of Bands at Cal State Fullerton where she conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, and taught courses in conducting and music education. She was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. She earned her doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Michigan, master of music degree from Northwestern University, and bachelor of music dual degree in music education and saxophone performance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Cornett taught at Essex High School in Essex Junction, Vermont from 2007-2010 where she conducted three concert bands, jazz band, and taught courses in guitar and history of rock. She was also the Director of Instrumental Music at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls, Connecticut, from 2003–2005. She is published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, the CBDNA Journal, the WASBE Journal, and The Instrumentalist. Her editions of Divertimenti Nos. 2, 3, and 4 by eighteenth-century composer Vicente Martín y Soler are published by Boosey & Hawkes in the Windependence Series. She has presented sessions at The Midwest Clinic, national and regional CBDNA conferences, and numerous state conferences. Guest conducting engagements have included “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, as well as district, region and state-level ensembles in 20 states. She is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education.

Works and Publications

April 2023 Cornett, Patricia 2023. Vicente Martín y Soler and the Wind Music from Una Cosa Rara. WASBE Journal Volume 27, 2023.

December 2022 Cornett, Patricia 2022. Composing Outside the Lines: A Conversation with Kimberly Osberg. The Instrumentalist, December 2022.

Publications by Boosey & Hawkes of three previously unpublished 18th-century chamber works:
Divertimento No. 2 by Vicente Martín y Soler, edited by Patricia Cornett
Divertimento No. 3 by Vicente Martín y Soler, edited by Patricia Cornett
Divertimento No. 4 by Vicente Martín y Soler, edited by Patricia Cornett

Expert evaluator and contributor to What Would You Do? An Anthology and Methodology for the Development of Rehearsal Techniques for Band by Andrew Boysen, Jr., Kjos Publications, 2021.

December 2020 Contributing author for Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volume 12; Chicago: GIA Publications, 2020.

September 2019 Cornett, Patricia 2019. A Conversation with Jules Pegram. The Instrumentalist, September 2019.

September 2018 Cornett, Patricia 2018. Incorporating a History of Rock Course Into Your Music Program. The Instrumentalist, September 2018.

June 2018 Cornett, Patricia 2017. The ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize: Interviews with the Eight Winning Composers. CBDNA Journal.

December 2017 Contributing author for Teaching Music Through Performance in Band: Volume 11; Chicago: GIA Publications, 2017

December 2011 Contributing author for Teaching Music Through Performance in Band: Solos with Wind Band Accompaniment, Chicago: GIA Publications, 2011


Divertimento No. 3 by Vicente Martín y Soler, edited by Patricia Cornett (recording complete, editing in process, release date TBD)

Divertimento No. 4 by Vicente Martín y Soler, edited by Patricia Cornett (recording complete, editing in process, release date TBD)

Weather: Stand the Storm by Rollo Dilworth (released 2023, BCM&D Records)

Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet and Band by William Bolcom, with soloists the PRISM Quartet (released 2022, BCM&D Records)

Sinfonia Deluxe by Jay Krush (released 2021, BCM&D Records)

Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Arutiunian, with soloist Anthony Prisk (released 2021, BCM&D Records)

Select Conference Presentations and Guest Conducting Appearances

Pennsylvania All State Wind Ensemble (2023)

New Jersey All State Wind Ensemble (2023)

Delaware All State Band (2023)

Nebraska Intercollegiate Band (2023)

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band (October 2022)

NYSSMA Summer Conference, Albany, NY, “Mini Maestros: Using the Principals of Movement to Improve Individual and Ensemble Musicianship” (2022)

WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) Conference in Prague, The Czech Republic, “An Accessible Vehicle for Classical Performance Education: Georg Druschetzky’s Six Partitas for Winds and Vicente Martín y Soler and the Wind Music from Una Cosa Rara” (2022)

Vermont All State Band (May 2022)

Philadelphia All-City Band (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)

Lead clinician, conducting masterclass in Sevilla, Spain, Academia de Dirección de Orquesta y Banda Diesis Sevilla (2021)

New Hampshire All State Band (2021)

CBDNA Eastern Division Conference, Philadelphia, PA, “Beethoven’s Octet, op. 103 with Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra” (2020)

Lead clinician, Universidad de Almería (Spain) Workshop on Orchestral, Symphonic Band, and Chamber Winds Conducting Techniques (2019)

Connecticut Music Educators In-Service Conference, Hartford, CT, “A Balanced Diet: Strategies for Creating Successful Concert Programs” (2019)

PMEA/NAfME All-Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, “A Conducting Workshop with the Temple University Wind Symphony” (2019)

Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, Chicago, IL, “Unlocking Student Musicianship in the Large Ensemble” (2018)

District and region bands in California, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, and Washington

Upcoming Guest Conducting and Conference Presentations

Kansas City Wind Symphony (2023)

South Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors Association (SJBODA) Wind Ensemble (2024)

Rhode Island All State Band (2024)

Montana All State Band (2024)

"Musicianship Through Movement" at the Texas Music Educators Conference (2024)

"Musicianship Through Movement" at the California All-State Music Educators Conference (2024)

Virginia All-State Symphonic Band (2025)