Meet Breana - Associate Woodwinds, Violin, and Piano Teacher
Breana Gilcher, MT-BC is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, teacher, and board-certified Music Therapist based in Los Angeles. She has a passion for exploring diverse music idioms, close collaboration with composers and other musicians, and the music of J.S. Bach.
As a performer she’s made appearances with wild Up, Jacaranda Music, Wordless Music Orchestra, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, The Echo Society (in collaboration with Grammy-winning composer Jeremy Zuckerman), the American Youth Symphony, and the Debut Orchestra. She’s appeared in performance with Eyvind Kang, Vinny Golia, Bill Frisell, Steve Vai, and Dr. Nancy Ambrose King (under the direction of Maestro Jeffrey Kahane). As a soloist she’s performed Bach’s concerto for oboe and violin with violinist Rachel Iba and the CalArts Ensemble (led by Nicholas Deyoe), and won second prize in the Riverside Philharmonic’s 2018 Concerto Competition with Vaughan William’s Oboe Concerto. She’s also worked as a studio musician, contributing to film scores as well pop albums such as Blonde Redhead’s 3 O’Clock and Avey Tare’s (of Animal Collective) newest release, Eucalyptus. Her latest project is an electroacoustic improvising chamber trio called Petrichor with bassist Miller Wrenn and guitarist Alkis Nicolaides.
She grew up studying the violin, receiving the opportunity to perform and study with the London Symphony Orchestra at fifteen as a part of their chamber music residency program. Her violin studies were just the beginning of her affinity for learning and developing a partnership with an instrument, and she learned flute, clarinet, and saxophone before being introduced to the oboe, with which she felt an immediate kinship.
Breana earned a BM degree in Music Therapy with specialized studies in Oboe Performance at Florida State University in 2014 and an MFA in Instrumental Arts from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2017. Her principal teachers have included Dr. Eric Ohlsson and Dr. Allan Vogel. In addition, she’s studied English horn with Carolyn Hove, baroque oboe with Gonzalo Ruiz, jazz improvisation with Paul Novros, free improvisation with Vinny Golia, and North Indian music/improvisation with Ashish Khan. She’s performed in masterclasses with Dr. Rebecca Henderson, Dr. Nancy Ambrose King, Dr. Stephen Taylor, Frank Rosenwein, Art Lande, and Elizabeth Blumenstock.
A board-certified Music Therapist with the American Music Therapy Association, Breanacompleted a six-month clinical internship providing Music Therapy for patients in end-of-life hospice care. She also has practicum experience with children with developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, and the elderly. She maintains a private teaching studio in Los Angeles, in which she assists children and adults with everything from their first sounds to being successfully admitted to music schools. Having struggled with and overcome playing-related injuries during her undergraduate studies, she is now an outspoken advocate for musician’s self care, and co-taught a course on musician’s health and injury prevention as a part of CalArt’s interim semester. Her aim is that her students find enjoyment and inspiration in their music learning, while honing a healthy technical facility which allows them to express themselves freely.
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