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Marian Cornish

Music in My Life: A Memoriam and Audio Recording

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On Sundays and too many special occasions to count, my aunt Marian Partner Cornish was for many years–decades–the principal alto soloist at the First Presbyterian Church in  Oakland, California.  It is a vast and grand venue with a great pipe organ at its front, conceived and built for the performance of great and aspirational music.   On Friday evenings and Saturdays, she sang in the same capacity for the Congregation Sherith Israel, a Jewish synagogue in nearby San Francisco.  She was a consummate vocalist.  (A recording of her singing Mendelssohn’s For the Mountains Shall Depart, is attached below.)

Most often when I think of Marian Gloria Partner Cornish, it is accompanied by a surprisingly vivid image. It is of Marian and her six sisters and one brother growing up in an impossibly small house set alongside an irrigation ditch in far-away Aberdeen, Idaho. It is with Marian and her sister Gayle Partner Hungerford in mind (whom I dearly loved as well), her sister Margaret Lacy, my own mother Florence and my Uncle Bob. I don’t have much memory of sisters Ethel and Josephine and Louise, but… Continue reading

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