Actual Piano God Jaime Cohen in action during a dress rehearsal in the Black Box.
Among the many Kenyon personalities that will make you feel less talented, one can find the very quick fingers of Jaime Cohen ’15, whom you can sometimes catch casually playing masterpieces in lower Rosse. Keep an ear open for her appearances in the next couple of semesters, including Brave Potato’s production of BARE, which goes up this weekend!
How long have you been playing?
I have been playing piano for 16 years (I started taking lessons from my mom at age 5).
Do you play any other instruments?
I used to play cello, from 4th-8th grade, and I sang in school choirs starting in 4th grade and ending with Community Choir after the first semester of sophomore year.
What ensembles are you a part of?
If you count Brave Potato musical accompanying as an ensemble, then that. I am also an “apprentice accompanist” for the Opera and Musical Theater Workshop this semester.
What are you hoping to accomplish at Kenyon before you graduate?
I had a lot of musical plans (such as accompanying additional musicals and a cabaret), but I’ve had to revise them in order to focus more seriously on my comps. I will be accompanying Conor Dugan’s senior voice recital in the spring.
Tell me about your senior comps.
My senior exercise in music will be a piano recital. I will be playing Bach’s Italian Concerto, Beethoven’s “Waldstein” Sonata, and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for two pianos (accompanied by my piano teacher, John Reitz).
Tell me about your hopes and dreams!
I hope to continue to accompany and possibly music direct for musical theater. I intend to get a degree in collaborative piano (which is a real thing!) I spent a semester “abroad” in New York City – I might want to go back there, although I would also be really excited to get involved in the musical theater scene in Chicago, which is essentially my hometown (I grew up in the suburbs). I would really like to be able to make a living by playing the piano, that’s all.
What is your favorite mythical beast?
I’m a little boring, in that my favorite mythical creature is the dragon.