Soprano Courtney McPhail is praised for her warm, vibrant tone, musical sensitivity, and magnetism on stage. Courtney is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma, where she received a Bachelor of Music in 2017. Following her time at OU, she made her way to the West Coast to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). In 2019, she received a Master of Music and additionally earned a Post-Graduate Diploma the following year in 2020. Other training and fellowships include Music Academy of the West, Berlin Opera Academy, and Taos Opera Institute.
This past summer, Courtney performed with Canterbury Voices and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic alongside Andrea Bocelli in his Believe North American Tour. In 2020, she was the winner of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s (SFCM) concerto competition. In 2019, Courtney performed the roles of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Madame Goldentrill in Der Schauspieldirektor at SFCM, as well as Annunciata in William Bolcom’s Lucrezia in 2018. While attending The University of Oklahoma, she performed Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi in 2017.
Courtney has performed internationally, both as a solo artist and a member of vocal ensembles. In 2015, she appeared in Die Jahreszeiten at the Haydn Festspiele in Eisenstadt, Austria (Classical Music Festival). Returning to Europe in 2019, Courtney sang the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Berlin Opera Academy. In addition to staged productions, Courtney is equally passionate about the revival of art song and has enjoyed collaborating in numerous recitals.
Courtney’s versatility as an artist ranges anywhere from opera to folk. She is also a member of the bluegrass band Kentucky Harmony. Most recently, Kentucky Harmony performed with The Eagles in Tulsa, OK during their Hotel California tour in May 2022. Led by composer and conductor Tim Sharp, Kentucky Harmony, along with the Chuck Nation Band, went on a concert tour throughout China in 2018. In fall of 2019, Kentucky Harmony and the Chuck Nation Band recorded their first album Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome (Bluegrass) Mass.