Mezzo-Soprano | Voice Teacher | Stage Director
In August of 2012, Dr. Courtney Crouse joined the faculty of the prestigious Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, in 2011 she was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Nevada directing Madama Butterfly and teaching opera workshop and voice and in December of 2013 she graduated with a Doctorate in Music in from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Along with teaching voice at Oklahoma City University, she maintains a private voice studio for her professional singers, and she is an active performer in the Oklahoma City area singing classical, jazz and musical theater repertoire. She performs with the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra, is a founding member of TACTUS, a professional chamber orchestra and vocal ensemble in OKC, and with the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. She is also a founding member of The City Cabaret. http://www.thecitycabaretokc.com/
Courtney is a member of a classical guitar duo with guitarist, Stephen Lochbaum. They perform classical guitar and vocal music all over the United States and Spain and are planning a European tour for the summer of 2019. She was also a member of the Duo, Crouse Denman.
Courtney studied with Metropolitan Opera star, Carol Vaness and the vocal pedagogue, Paul Kiesgan. Prior to moving to Oklahoma City, Dr. Crouse was an active singer in New York City where she was a featured soloist with The New York Virtuoso Singers under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum, became a charter member of The Coterie, a New York ensemble dedicated to the development and performance of new opera, and was a featured soloist in concerts in Canada with L’Harmonie des Saisons under the direction of Baroque Specialist, Eric Milnes.
During her tenure at Indiana University Dr. Crouse taught voice as an associate instructor and performed in several opera premieres. She sang the role of Victoria Corelli, a morphine addicted mother, in the collegiate premiere of Bolcom’s A Wedding as well as Mrs. Gibbs in the world premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town. During her time at IU, Dr. Crouse also portrayed Columbina in Busoni’s opera Arlecchino, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, and the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Other roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Ischia in Italy, Musetta in La Bohème and the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. She was also a young artist with Fort Worth Opera. Dr. Crouse, a versatile performer, is noted for being an accomplished actress as well as singer. At Heritage Repertory Theater she performed Sharon Graham in the Tony Award Winning play Master Class. In addition, Dr. Crouse has also performed such musical theater roles as Amalia in She Loves Me, Anna Held in Tintypes, Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music, Connie Miller in 1940s Radio Hour, and the Step-Mother in Into the Woods. She was also in the critically acclaimed performance of Bernstein’s Mass as the Blues Singer at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and she was the featured soloist with the Nate Sutton Jazz Quintet.
Dr. Crouse attended Indiana University for both her Master’s and Doctoral degrees where her focus was Vocal Performance, Stage Direction of Opera and Music History. There she studied under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed director Vincent Liotta. Ms. Crouse was assistant director to Mr. Liotta for The Mikado at the IU Opera Theater. She was also music director for A Chorus Line and Falsettos for the Indiana University Theater Department, led graduate-level workshops in opera, was chosen to direct scene programs and created an “Acting for Singers” workshop for graduate students. It was at this time that she first felt the calling to help young singers develop solid acting skills to accompany sound vocal techniques. Dr. Crouse’s directing experience stretches from the light operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan to more recently the heavy dramatic works of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly where Brian Alvarez of Las Vegas Arts and Culture said, ”The performance could not have been more perfect and this rendition left me with a smile and of course a few tears trickling down my face.” She was also, assistant director to Dottie Danner for Skyight Opera’s world premiere of The Rivals by Kirhe Mechem.
She has been the director of the Vocal Arts Institute at Oklahoma City University since 2013, teaching acting for singing classes and directing opera scenes performances.