Courtney Badura

Originally from Medford, Oregon, Courtney Badura is a current senior at the University of Colorado Boulder. Courtney always showed an interest in music from a young age, whether it be hitting keys on the piano or squeaking away on her mother’s old violin. But her love for the flute began on the very first day of 6th grade band class. Despite not being able to make a noise at first, she quickly found her voice and her passion for making music. She played the flute all throughout middle school and high school, and with the support of her family and encouragement from her band directors, Courtney participated in WIBC, OMEA All-State bands, placed 2nd in the OSAA solo competition as a junior in high school, and was principal flutist of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon for three years.

She went on to be accepted into the flute performance program at the University of Southern California. Here she spent two wonderful years studying under Jim Walker, and had opportunities to play with amazing musicians in the orchestra, wind ensemble, and opera orchestra, as well as woodwind quintets. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Courtney chose to take a leave of absence from USC for the academic year. In this time, she studied with Diana Morgan as a member of DM Flute Studio. She is now ecstatic to be finishing her Bachelor’s in Flute Performance studying under Christina Jennings at CU Boulder, where she recently won the undergraduate division of the CU Honors Competition.