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 her performance of Vaughan William’s Oboe Concerto. She also works 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.
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, Breana completed 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 exploring their first sounds to successfully auditioning for university music programs.