PhD Candidate (USQ)
Certified Level I, II and III Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method
As a performer, Courtney brings an easy-listening quality to her interpretations of both jazz standards and contemporary jazz and pop repertoire. She has a clear and expressive vocal quality, and a mellow warmth of pianism. Courtney is known for her elegant, polished and vibrant personal style; her professionalism and attention to detail; and her friendly, approachable personality. Her quality of performance can be tailored to suit ambient background music, corporate functions and formal events alike.
Courtney has been privileged to study with a number of world class professionals including Dr Melissa Forbes (contemporary voice), Jeanie LoVetri (Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method), Brenda Earle Stokes (jazz voice), Sharny Russell (jazz voice; jazz piano); Helen Russell (a cappella ear training and singing); 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 in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Courtney is currently a member of the Harmony Wednesday’s, an innovative a cappella ensemble directed by Helen Russell, which is comprised of USQ alumni, staff and students. As a member of the Harmony Wednesday’s, and also as a collaborative artist, Courtney has performed at number of USQ graduation ceremonies, USQ Vice Chancellor Christmas functions, USQ open days, and in the recent Artsworx production “Something in the Water”.
In 2014, Courtney was appointed as the Project Coordinator for “To Glee or Not to Glee”, an event featured in the Artsworx Shakespeare in the Park Festival.
Courtney collaborates with Toowoomba-based CCM-pianist Jess Betts. Together, the two form a stylish duo who perform easy listening jazz and pop arrangements for voice and piano. Courtney and Jess joined forces in 2018, and have since performed regularly at locations in the Toowoomba region. They have a regular Jazz set at Kingfisher’s Cafe Toowoomba. They perform jazz standards, including both latin and swing styles, in addition to contemporary jazz and pop repertoire.
Courtney collaborates with Toowoomba-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Sarah Goulds. Together, the two form an engaging, vibrant and versatile duo who perform contemporary arrangements for voice, piano and guitar. Courtney and Sarah recently performed as guest artists for YWAM Toowoomba’s Campfire Sessions.
Courtney specialises as an accompanist and repetiteur in CCM styles. She has worked with soloists, small and large vocal ensembles, small and large bands and in music theatre orchestras.
Details of upcoming gigs and performances can be found here.