Dr Tracy Bourne

Ph.D., M.Mus.(perf), B.Mus.(voice), Dip.Dram.(acting)
Visiting Fellow
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 0431 449 692

Areas of expertise

  • Music 3603
  • Music Performance 360304
  • Performing Arts 3604
  • Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies 360403
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy 3901

Research interests

Musical theatre voice, Vocal pedagogy, Voice science, Adolescent voice


Tracy Bourne is a singer, vocal teacher, theatre-maker and researcher.

Tracy originally trained as a classical singer (Qld Con, Melb Con), later training as an actor at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts. She worked professionally in new opera and theatre work in the 1990s including The Two Executioners for Chamber Made Opera, the ABC and Melbourne International Festival. She was Lecturer in Singing at the University of Ballarat, now Federation University for over 10 years, training many music theatre performers who have since worked professionally in Australia and overseas. During her time in Ballarat, Tracy wrote and directed new music theatre work in response to social and environmental issues, and established SEAM Inc. (Sustainable Environment Arts Movement), an organization that creates art projects that engage communities with issues of climate change. 
Since moving to the Canberra region Tracy has directed the development of new musical theatre works including People Inside Me by Katie Pollock (The Street Theatre), The Human Voice, by Poulenc/Cocteau, Finale (Bourne), Sheila (Bourne). She has performed in creative developments including Blue by Dylan van den Berg, Sherpas by Tom Davis, and Story of the Oars by Nigel Featherstone. She premiered the role of Caroline in Exclusion by David Atfield at The Street Theatre. She maintains a busy teaching practice as Director of Voice at Radford College and in her private teaching studio in Canberra and Bungendore.

Tracy completed a PhD on the physiology and acoustics of music theatre voice through Sydney University, publishing her research findings during the period of her candidature in international voice science journals. Her findings have continued to generate interest from other researchers in the field of voice science and musical theatre vocal pedagogy.  

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