Courtney J. Fletcher is a highly acclaimed performer and teacher, recognized for her "smooth" and "seamless" voice (Bay View Music Association) and "razor-sharp comedic chops." (Ned Canty – Opera Memphis). Courtney has traveled both nationally and internationally for various operatic roles and performances, establishing herself as a sought-after performer and teacher in the industry. She is the recent winner of the West Central Region of the NATS Artist Awards and will compete in the Semifinals in NYC in January.
Some performance highlights include Mozart’s Requiem (Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Rhodes College), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (New West Symphony), Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Opera Memphis), and traveling to Prague, Czech Republic, as a participant in Opernfest Prague, where she sang with Prague’s National Theatre Orchestra. Her operatic roles span all musical eras and include Laurene Powell Jobs (The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Lazuli (L'Étoile), and Angelina (La Cenerentola), Bertarido (Rodelinda), Paula (Florencia en el Amazonas), Jade Boucher (Dead Man Walking), and Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly). She is an avid supporter of newly composed music. She has sung in premieres and workshops by Grammy Award-winning composers Terence Blanchard and Tobias Picker, Robert Patterson, Shulamit Ran, and Matthew Recio.
She participated as a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and has received several awards, including the NOA Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition (Artistic Division – 2018 Winner), the Houston Saengerbund (3rd Place- 2021), and the MONC Auditions (now Laffont Competition) as a District Winner (2016 and 2020.
Her concert work includes I Am Carmen Miranda (Roberto Sierra) with Oberlin Conservatory’s New Music Ensemble, Fern Hill (John Corigliano), Serenade to Music (R. Vaughan Williams), Messiah and Alexander’s Feast (G. F. Handel) and Folk Songs (Bernard Rands) with the Indiana University New Music Ensemble.
Courtney is an experienced voice teacher who has taught various genres including classical, musical theater, jazz, pop, and folk. From 2021 to 2023, she worked as an Applied Faculty member at Rhodes College, where she taught voice, music theory, and opera. In 2022, she was selected as one of the twelve young teachers from the United States and Canada to participate in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program.
Courtney earned her Doctor of Music in Voice degree with a minor in Music Theory from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied under Mary Ann Hart. Currently, she works as an Assistant Professor of Voice, teaching voice and opera at the University of Kansas.