heard it said that you shouldn't be in the music or theatre business
unless you can't imagine doing anything else. That's part of why
I do what I do. That is also why I love to teach children and adults
to be better performers.
I started taking piano lessons when I was seven
years old, but my interest and aptitude in music began at a very
young age. When I was a toddler I picked up songs very quickly,
(once informing my mother that she was singing out of tune). Probably
the first song I learned on my own was a cigarette commercial from
I moved to New York City
in 2002 from Portland, Oregon, where I had been working as a music
director, accompanist, vocal coach, composer and arranger since
1986. I also have numerous credits as an actor, singer and dancer.
Professional theatre credits (music direction, composition, sound
design or acting) include:
Off Broadway: Big Apple Circus, American Girls Revue, Assistant Music Director.
Off-Off-Broadway: Chess, The Full Monty, Bachelorette, 4Play, Nunsense, Torch Song Trilogy, Urinetown, and Puck’d (a punk rock adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream – for which she composed the music with Billy Atwell).
I have been rockin’ since fourth grade, when
I kept my classmates in for recess to start our own rock band. The
rock band thing was actually successful in ninth grade when I put
together an all-girl band for a variety show in high school called
the “Billion Dollar Babies”. Our one song, “Born
to Be Wild” was learned from a book, and our faces were painted
like the members of KISS.
I attended Lewis
and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, studying piano, clarinet,
Javanese Gamelan, voice,
conducting, acting, and dance. I received a BA from CUNY
Hunter College in 2009 in Music with a minor in Theater, also
studying French Language, modern French civilization and French
After receiving a grant from the Performing Arts Fund
at Hunter College, I wrote and performed a one-woman show “Hebomia: Will the real Brenna please stand
up?”, at Hunter College and Don't Tell Mama in New York City. In 2014, I wrote and performed my third
one-woman show, "I've Got The Music In Me" at Don't Tell Mama. After moving back to Oregon, It was also staged at Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) in April, 2015 as a fundraiser for the company.