California-born pianist Cori Belle began studying piano informally with her mother at a young age and began her formal training at the age of six with her mom's best friend, Ginny Lundquist. Throughout junior high and high school she studied with piano instructor Barbara Stoutenburgh and performed in recitals and master classes under the direction of notable pianists Leonidas Lipovetsky, Dalton Baldwin, and Margo Garrett. Throughout high school, she accompanied local choirs under the direction of Mrs. Julia Rowe, collaborating with internationally acclaimed vocalists Paul Yoder and Darrell Rowader.
Cori graduated summa cum laude from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. While at GCU she studied with Dr. Judy Lively, protege of University of North Texas' Dr. Joseph Banowetz. She also accompanied two operas under the direction of American composer Samuel Adler. Upon graduation she received a scholarship to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she studied and collaborated with opera singers in various venues around the city.
In 1999, Cori began teaching piano and collaborating in the Seattle area, where she currently resides. Over the years she has accompanied and music directed mainstage productions and children's theater camps for Studio East, SecondStory Repertory Theater, and The International School in Bellevue. She has lent her musical talents to school choirs on the Eastside. Her ten-year collaboration with the United Voices of Antioch and Dr. Stephen Michael Newby brought opportunities to perform at Benaroya Hall and The Triple Door in Seattle; churches in Detroit, Michigan; and Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. For several years she performed in Seattle Pacific University's annual Gospelfest.
The winter of 2004 brought Cori’s debut CD, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” a collection of solo piano Christmas pieces.
From 2004-2008, Cori forayed into the field of public education. She taught first grade at Sunnycrest Elementary School in Lake Stevens, Washington, where she incorporated her love of music into her classroom teaching.
In 2012 Cori began collaborating with local choirs including the Bellevue Chamber Chorus, Master Chorus Eastside, and Kirkland Choral Society. In 2014 she became Kirkland Choral Society's accompanist and enjoyed collaborations with Philharmonia Northwest and Skyros Quartet as well as new commissions of choral works by Ola Gjeilo and Carol Barnett.
Also in 2012 Cori founded Indie Musikhaus, a network of Seattle-area musicians that collaborate and perform in a series of house concerts, starting in her own living room. The concerts feature music from classical, gospel, jazz, and musical theater genres and provide an intimate setting to explore innovative programs and mingle with artists and audience members of all ages.
In 2016, Cori and her husband co-founded Montage Bible Church located in Kenmore, WA. She established the foundations of the Worship Arts ministry as founding Worship Arts Director and continues to function as Creative Artistic Director and serve on the advisory board.
In 2018, Cori released her first solo classical piano album, Commonplace Beauty, an eclectic and innovative collection of works for solo piano by Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Schumann, Ives, Bernstein & Ginastera.
Cori currently lives in Bothell, Washington, with her husband and three daughters. She continues to teach, perform, and collaborate locally and is working on her next CD project.