Arizona Opera Cast Members & Creatives
Director of Community Alliances
Courtney D. Clark has built her career as an arts administrator, performing on stage, and teaching music in the classroom. She is committed to creating positive social impact and building community by connecting people to, and through the arts. Courtney leads Arizona Opera’s learning programs, community engagement, and DEI initiatives as Director of Community Alliances.
Prior to her appointment as Director of Community Alliances at Arizona Opera, she served as Seattle Opera’s School Programs Manager, and led the curriculum, development, and growth of opera and multi-arts learning programs for students and teachers across Washington State.
As an opera singer, Courtney has performed in concerts and solo performances in the U.S. and abroad, and as a tenured chorus member of Nashville Opera. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she holds a B.A. in music from Morris Brown College and an M.A. in Music with a specialization in vocal performance from Middle Tennessee State University. Courtney obtained her teacher licensure and certification from Belmont University for the states of Tennessee, Georgia, and recently Washington State for K-12 vocal/general music education and holds Orff-Schulwerk Level I & II Certification to teach children music.
Previously in Washington state, Courtney served on several local arts education advocacy committees and boards, including the Statewide Arts Advocacy Committee, The Creative Advantage Advisory Committee, and as a member of Seattle Opera’s racial equity task force and Seattle King County NAACP. Courtney has been recognized for her work as a music educator in a 2020 edition of Encore Spotlight Magazine. She has also shared her expertise on representation in the arts with the Kids and Race podcast.
Courtney is passionate about this work. She brings dedication and intentionality to create racial equity in arts education as she continues to strive to create a more socially just world through the lens of music and the practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion.