Instilling lifelong love for music in all her students has been the focus of Kurnia’s practice as a choral conductor – music educator – pianist and singer. She considers herself a late bloomer in her own musical journey, and this gives her the empathy and patience that music learning may not come as easy for everyone. She is fortunate to be trained under Assoc Prof Albert Tiu (Piano Performance), Ms Jeong Ae Ree (Classical Voice), Ms Julie Tan (Music Pedagogy), Nelson Kwei, Dr Wong Su Sun (NTU Choir), and Ms Jennifer Tham (Singapore Youth Choir, now known as Singapore Ensemble Singers).
As an accompanist, she has worked with conductors Francis Liew, Joyce Lim, Lee Wanrong, Jessie Oskar, Leslie Tay and Gerald Tan. She has done masterclasses with Eudenice Palaruan, Dr Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng (Philippines), Ronaldo Raz (Philippines), and Susanna Saw (Malaysia).
Her private piano/vocal students have won awards in local/international music competitions, performed solos in ChildAid concerts, National Day video and National Day Parade, and professional musical theatre productions, such as A Tribute to Edith Piaf and Evita. Currently, she works mostly with students from the Singapore American School and even within a very short time help them secure lead roles and ensemble roles in the school’s musical theatre productions and be the best versions they can be.
She is the choral director of Lakeside Primary School Choir and De La Salle School Choir.