Meet the ladies of Belle Voci and our Staff
Craig G. Cannon, Artistic Director
Craig G. Cannon is the founder and artistic director of Belle Voci. He was the Director of Choral Activities at Fox Chapel Area High School (FCAHS) for 34 years. He also served for ten years on the adjunct faculty of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University, and was the Director of Choral Organizations at Duquesne University from 2013-2015. Craig graduated from Duquesne and went on to study choral conducting with the late Douglas McEwen and David Stocker at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona where he earned a Master of Music degree in choral music.
During the last forty years Craig has met former students (most often women) who confess a longing to once again sing in a good choir. Some of them say they haven’t sung since they were in high school or in college. Others say they’ve found some musical satisfaction by joining church or community groups, but still possess a strong desire to be part of a more intimate and sensitive ensemble, engaging in artistic singing. All have expressed a desire to be part of a group in which they could feel as if they were important and substantial contributors.
Craig knows he will always have a passion for creating quality art in the form of choral performances. About seven years ago he began to dream about creating a community-based choir for women that would continue to be part of his musical life following retirement from public school teaching. Craig spent a full year making detailed plans and on September 5, 2012, he led Belle Voci in its first official rehearsal. Today his dream has become a reality.
Under Cannon’s direction, the FCAHS choral ensembles were selected to sing at PMEA state conventions, the ACDA-PA Summer Conference, St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC), The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC), Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris), and the ACDA Eastern Division Convention in Baltimore in 2000. Enjoying an active career as a conductor, singer, teacher, and adjudicator, Craig frequently appears as a festival director, music clinician, adjudicator and oratorio soloist for schools and churches throughout the country. In 2017, Craig Cannon was presented with the Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
In addition to his service with Belle Voci, Craig is currently working at East Liberty Presbyterian Church as the Interim Executive Director of Hope Academy for Music and the Arts. Hope Academy is an after school music education program; a safe place where young people of diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds can further their personal and artistic growth through the study and performance of theater, dance and music. Craig’s professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA). Mr. Cannon is a life member of ACDA and has served both as President and Treasurer of the Pennsylvania chapter. He also completed a two-year term as President of ACDA’s Eastern Division from 2002-2004.
Corinne Fink-Adkins, Accompanist
Corinne Fink-Adkins is an eclectic pianist with a vast performance history. Corinne has been performing since a young age and accompanying choirs since 6th grade. As a professional vocal coach/accompanist she has performed with hundreds of vocalists, including international opera singers (Isola Jones, Renee Fleming) and Broadway stars (John Cudia, Kathy Voytko.) Locally, Corinne was on staff as a performance Coach / Accompanist for 16 years at Duquesne University and has worked for the Pittsburgh CLO (Gallery of Heroes, CLO Academy, summer touring musicals) and Point Park Dance Academy. She has also worked with students from Slippery Rock University and Seton Hill College.
Ms. Fink-Adkins has her BMus in Piano Performance from Houghton College and her Masters in Accompanying from East Carolina University. Corinne has her Colleague Certificate (CAGO) and is an active member in the American Guild of Organists. As an organist and Music Director, Corinne has been active in church work for over 30 years. During the last thirty years, she has also maintained a private piano studio, teaching pianists of all levels. Corinne enjoys occasionally being an adjudicator for various local piano competitions.
Ms. Fink-Adkins has been a soloist with orchestras and performed as a member of the orchestra with the Brevard Faculty Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Westmoreland Symphony and Wheeling Symphony. She toured Italy as the pianist of The Point Chamber Orchestra in 2006. In 2015, Corinne directed The Women's Chamber Choir in England and France in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra.
Currently, Ms. Fink-Adkins is Adjunct Professor of Piano at Washington and Jefferson College (W&J.) Along with Belle Voci, she accompanies the W&J College Choir, Fox Chapel HS and Shaler Area HS Choirs. Corinne and her sister, Alaine Fink, are The Fink Sisters. Starting in 2017 they combined their musical talents as a Piano/Organ Duo and perform concerts utilizing 4 hands on one or both instruments. Corinne, her husband, Bryan, and their son, Blair, happily live in Glenshaw, PA.
Dr. Beth Minnigh, Rehearsal Accompanist
Beth studied piano privately for 17 years before moving to the Pittsburgh area in 1973. Since then, she has accompanied choirs and served as assistant to the organist-director at Emory Methodist Church, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church and East Liberty Presbyterian Church, where she was part of the interim music team from 2010-2011. In addition, she has accompanied choirs in several local School Districts and spring musicals at Mars and Fox Chapel Area School Districts.
At her day job, Dr. Minnigh is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Supervisor of the Small Molecule Biomarker Core Laboratory, and lecturer in pharmacology and medicinal chemistry.
“The beauty of music is that it draws us together and enriches our lives, regardless of our chosen professions.”
Alice Arnold, Assistant Director
Alice has been teaching in and around Western Pennsylvania for 12 years. For the past 6 year she has been the Elementary General Music Teacher and Elementary Chorus Director in the Penns Manor Area School District in Indiana County.
Alice holds two degrees from Duquesne University: Bachelor of Science in Music Education & Master of Science in Education with her major area of study being Elementary Education. She has also obtained additional graduate credits from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University & Seton Hill University.
Alice is an active member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), and the Pittsburgh Golden Triangle Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (PGTAOSA). She also has obtained her Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 Teaching Certificate.
Alice has been a member of Belle Voci since its inaugural 2012-2013 season and she is pleased to be serving as the Assistant Director for the 2018-2019 season. She has also been a member of Solo Voci for the past three seasons.