PhD Candidate University of Southern Queensland
BCA (Hons) University of Southern Queensland
Certified Level I, II and III Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method
Courtney has been privileged to study with a number of world class professionals including Dr Melissa Forbes (contemporary voice), Jeannie LoVetri (Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method), Brenda Earle Stokes (jazz voice), Dr Trineice Robinson-Martin (gospel voice), Nathan Seiler (jazz piano), Dr Phillip Gearing (classical piano, chamber voice, ear training), Prof Rhod McNeill (music history, harmonic practice, musicianship), and, the late, Dr Marilyn Meier Kapavale (classical piano), whose guidance and friendship will always be missed.
During her undergraduate studies, Courtney performed as a member of the Keyboard Ticklers, an innovative ensemble of pianists, who performed orchestral arrangements for 20-24 piano hands, as featured in the USQ Artsworx Twilight Series. She performed at a number of USQ official functions and at the 2012 Carnival of Flowers Mayoral Champagne Breakfast.
Courtney has since continued her association with USQ as the Project Coordinator of To Glee or Not to Glee during the 2014 USQ Shakespeare in the Park Festival, a celebration of Shakespeare through contemporary song and dance, featuring school and university troupes from Toowoomba and greater Darling Downs.
Courtney has contributed a number of reviews for Hal Leonard Australia's quarterly publication The Piano Teacher, and in 2013, was appointed Secretary of the 11th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference.
Courtney is a professional member of the Somatic Voicework™ Teachers Association; the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS); and the Music Teachers' Association of Queensland (MTAQ), where she has also held the position of Committee Member (2016), President (2015) and Vice President (2014).
In addition to running her busy home studio, Courtney works as an accompanist for CCM vocalists and choirs and performs as part of the creative team of New Hope Church Toowoomba.
Courtney's research interests include vocal and instrumental jazz improvisation technique; the impact of professional development on singing teachers, CCM vocal pedagogy. Courtney's latest news and projects can be found here.