Music Composition, Alumni
Dr. Courtney Bryan, an alumna of the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp, returned to the program as a faculty member. She is “a pianist and composer of panoramic interests” (New York Times). Dr. Bryan has academic degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (BM), Rutgers University (MM), and a DMA in music composition from Columbia University of New York. In the fall of 2016, she will join the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane University as an Assistant Professor of Music. She is a prolific and eclectic composer, pianist, and arranger. Her compositions range from solo works to large ensembles in the jazz and new music idioms, film scores, and collaborations of dancers, visual artists, writers, and actors. Performances include a solo piano composer concert by Dr. Bryan as part of the St. Paul’s Chapel Concert Series, and a collaborative project entitled Blood Dazzler by Angela’s Pulse premiered at Harlem Stage where she was both composer and performer. She has also been a featured speaker in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) Conversation Series at Columbia University and in the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival.