Brenna McLane is a freelance violist from Nova Scotia and one of the founding members of Euphonia Toronto. She is quickly making a name for herself as a versatile soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.
Over the years, Brenna has had the opportunity to play for some of the worlds most distinguished musicians including Steven Dann, David Zafer, Zubin Mehta, Kim Kashkashian, and Rivka Golani.
Her audiences have included a wide range of people, from Lieutentant Governor of Nova Scotia to pre-schoolers on Halifax’s waterfront; from Vancouver, BC to London, England.
Brenna has been teaching violin and viola for 10 years, using all her experience and education to provide a well-rounded music education touching upon music theory, musicality, posture, bowing techniques, intonation, music-reading, exam/audition preparation and overall enjoyment of creating music.
Hobbies: Reading and playing mandolin
Musical influences: Chris Thile playing solo violin Bach on mandolin
Favourite food: Almost anything homemade
Least favourite food: Lobster
Favourite music: Bluegrass
Favourite song: In the Morning by Andrew Collins
Favourite movie: Wall-e
Favourite movie music: O Brother, Where art Thou
Favourite musical theatre/opera: The Cunning Little Vixen
Best quote from your teacher: Rhythm is Life
Favourite quote: “It isn’t classical musicians that are reserved, it’s the audience” – Chris Thile
Favourite book: Year of the Flood
Best thing about teaching at ABC: Having fun playing music with the students