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Dr. Courtney Crouse

Dr. Courtney Crouse

Dr. Courtney Crouse,
Stage Director, Voice
Early Music Summer Institute

Biography

Dr. Courtney Crouse, Associate Professor of Voice at Oklahoma City University, attended Indiana University for both her master’s and doctoral degrees, where her focus was vocal performance and stage direction of opera. There she studied under internationally acclaimed director Vincent Liotta and world renowned operatic soprano Carol Vaness. Crouse assistant-directed for Professor Liotta and was assistant to Carol Vaness in the Graduate Opera Workshop. Dr. Crouse’s directing experience stretches from the Baroque to the light operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan to the heavy dramatic works of Puccini and beyond. She was also assistant director to Dottie Danner for Skyight Opera’s world premiere of The Rivals by Kirche Mechem. She was the director of the Vocal Arts Institute at Oklahoma City University from 2013 to 2018, teaching acting for singing classes and directing opera scenes performances. Her dissertation is on gesture and acting in Restoration Theater Music, and Catherine Turocy, Baroque dance specialist, was one of her mentors.

Baroque gesture is fascinating, and I look forward to exploring this aspect of performance practice at the inaugural OCU Early Music Summer Institute.