Jan (Powers) Corrothers ‘99
In her sixth season as Principal Accompanist for the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, Jan (Powers) Corrothers brings 15 years of music experience to the greater Cincinnati region. Corrothers conducts the CCC’s south satellite choir, located in Northern Kentucky, as well as accompanies the Bel Canto, Lyric and Girl Choirs, at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. She also serves on staff at Xavier University as Accompanist for the Concert Choir and student recitals.
A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Corrothers graduated from Alderson-Broaddus in 1999, with a dual major in Applied Music and Church Music. She furthered her education at Shenandoah University receiving a Master of Music in Organ Performance. She gives credit to the A-B music faculty, the numerous opportunities to perform in front of others, and the College’s intense music curriculum for helping her to develop such a passion for music.
“I am consumed with an overwhelming sense of gratitude to the music faculty for investing, sacrificing, nurturing and encouraging me as an individual, as well as every other student who has come through the Music Department,” said Corrothers. “Opportunities to study organ, piano, harpsichord, conducting, voice, accompanying and worship leading were abundant and allowed me to become a well-rounded musician, while being grounded in a faith based environment.”
Prior to her work in the Cincinnati area, Corrothers held positions as Staff Accompanist and Adjunct Lecturer of Music at Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky; Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, West Virginia; and Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. She also served as Director of Music and Organist at the First Baptist Church of Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she founded and directed the Mid-Ohio Valley Children’s Choir, Chancel choir, handbell choir and worship team and maintained a private studio, teaching voice, piano and organ.
Corrothers continues to be in demand as a freelance collaborative pianist, playing for many choral festivals, workshops and reading sessions throughout the country for organizations such as ACDA, MENC and the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians, among others. She regularly tours internationally with collegiate and children’s choirs, most recently in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
Within the past year, Corrothers discovered an additional calling on her life to become a registered Pet Partner Team with her golden retriever, Lilly, through the Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati. This program allows Corrothers to give back to people within her community who are hurting that can benefit from the love and companionship of a pet.
“We completed our evaluation and paperwork through a local hospital in January, and are now eligible to serve at cooperating facilities such as hospice care, nursing homes, schools, and shelters,” said Corrothers. “We anticipate our first team visits within the coming weeks.”
Jan and her husband, Earl, a 1998 A-B alumnus, reside in Independence, Kentucky.