May 30-June 3, 2017 | Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA
Brianne lives her life as both a musician and a yoga instructor. Her passion lies in melding the two art forms through her teachings in yoga for musicians. Brianne is a trumpet player and teacher. She currently attends Arizona State University for her Doctorate of Musical Arts, and serves as Teaching Assistant to Regents’ Professor David R. Hickman. Her dissertation project focuses specifically on the use of yoga for brass musicians. Brianne’s alma maters include the University of Colorado – Boulder for her Master’s in Music, and SUNY Potsdam for her Bachelor’s. Throughout the years, Brianne has studied with teachers such as Dr. John Ellis, Terry Sawchuk, Justin Bartels, and Herb Smith. Brianne has competed multiple times on the national level as both a soloist and an ensemble member. During her time at Colorado, Brianne was a member of the Graduate Brass Quintet. The quintet participated as featured artists in the M.O.R.E Program through the Aspen Music Festival and School. Other ensembles she has performed with include the Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Symphonic Winds, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, the Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet, and Brianne was a featured soloist with the Clarkson Symphony Orchestra.
Brianne delved deep into the practice of yoga in 2009 as she sought peace and quiet during her undergraduate degree. The benefits of yoga as a musician were hard to ignore. Yoga brought awareness to Brianne’s life as she faced the competitiveness and high anxiety that often accompanies the life of a classical musician. Brianne received her 200-hour training through Yoga Loft in Boulder, Colorado. She currently teaches regularly at CorePower Yoga Phoenix. Brianne has taught a multitude of formats of yoga, spanning from yin to yoga sculpt to yoga 101. She was the premier instructor of Yoga for Musicians at the University of Colorado through the Musician’s Wellness Initiative. Brianne has also taught Yoga for Musicians at SUNY Potsdam, Crane Youth Music, and Bristol Hills Music Camp. Lastly, Brianne is creator and instructor of Finding Your Center, Yoga for Brass Players, a clinic being presented at universities around the country, and a budding web series.