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 an oboe and English horn player she performs throughout southern California, working with groups such as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, wild Up experimental music ensemble, Jacaranda Music, and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist she won second prize in the Riverside Philharmonic’s 2018 Concerto Competition with her performance of Vaughan William’s Oboe Concerto, and in 2016 performed Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin with violinist Rachel Iba and the CalArts Ensemble. Breana also works as a studio musician, contributing to film and tv scores as well pop albums such as Blonde Redhead’s 3 O’Clock and Avey Tare’s (of Animal Collective) newest release, Eucalyptus.
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.
Breana maintains a private teaching studio in Los Angeles, in which she assists children and adults with everything from exploring their first sounds to successfully auditioning for university music programs. If you are interested in music lessons, get in touch.
A board-certified Music Therapist with the American Music Therapy Association, Breana completed a six-month clinical internship at Big Bend Hospice (Tallahassee, FL) providing Music Therapy for patients in end-of-life hospice care. She also has practicum Music Therapy experience with children with developmental disabilities, teens/youth, and the elderly.