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Courtney Bryan
Elizabeth Leitzell

Courtney Bryan

COMPOSER AND PIANIST

Courtney Bryan, a native of New Orleans, is “a pianist and composer of panoramic interests” (The New York Times). Bryan’s compositions explore human emotions through sound, confronting the challenge of notating the feeling of improvisation. Her work has been presented at Lincoln Center, Miller Theatre, Harlem Stage, The Stone, Roulette Intermedium, La MaMa Experimental Theatre, The Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Blue Note Jazz Club, Jazz Gallery, and Bethany and Abyssinian Baptist Churches. Upcoming commissions include a new work for orchestra and jazz sextet to be premiered at Carnegie Hall’s Orchestra Swings program. Dr. Bryan has academic degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (BM), Rutgers University (MM), and a DMA in music composition from Columbia University, and recently joined the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane University as an Assistant Professor of Music.