Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Courtney Long

Meet Dr. Courtney Long

Degrees and Experience
  • D.A., in Saxophone Performance with a secondary emphasis in Music Theory (University of Northern Colorado)
  • M.M., Music Theory and Composition (Wichita State University)
  • B.M., Saxophone Performance (Friends University)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Courtney Long teaches saxophone at Colorado Christian University. She holds a Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Saxophone Performance with a secondary emphasis in Music Theory. She performs regularly in the area as a soloist and with various chamber groups. She has also played and presented at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and National Conferences several times. Long's research areas of interest are post-tonal motivic analysis and its application to agency and narrative theories, performative analysis, and motivic parallelism in post-tonal and Romantic music.

Prior to her studies at UNC, Long earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Friends University in Wichita, KS, and her Master of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from Wichita State University. She has studied saxophone under Lisa Hittle, Jean Lansing, Robert Young, and Andrew Dahlke. Long has played saxophone with the Colorado Music Festival, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Wind Ensemble, Delano Wind Ensemble, and has held teaching positions at Bethany College and Friends University.

She loves supporting music education at all levels and has served as the Northwest KMEA District Jazz Clinician as well as the Saxophone Coach for the Kansas Lions Band for three years. Long has had works premiered by the Friends University Community Orchestra, various chamber groups, and Bethany College's Theater Department. She enjoys learning and performing all types of music. Long lives in Wheat Ridge, CO with her husband, Rich, and three dogs.