From toddler tinkering at the keys to university music student and beyond, Brianne’s whole life has revolved around music lessons, competitions, performances, and more. Now she is professionally involved in teaching, composing, arranging, orchestrating, and performing in a variety of contexts. Bri’s desire is to help individuals of all ages come to enjoy the beautiful and fun nature of creating music through developing their musical talents.
While many musicians focus on mastering one instrument or one area of music, Brianne has spent her whole life striving to master EVERYTHING music. At age 3 she began piano lessons. By age 5 it was discovered she had perfect pitch (a.k.a. absolute pitch) — a rare ability to identify or recreate a given musical note without any reference. At 8 she was figuring out how to play popular radio songs on the piano. She soon moved on to playing film scores and musical songs by ear. At age 9 she joined the school band, playing flute. Not long after she joined her church choir. By age 11 she had composed and arranged several musical pieces, and she discovered that she had an uncanny ability to transpose any musical piece to a new key. By age 12 she was beyond ready to begin her professional study of piano with 2 world-renowned professors at a local university. After years of harmonizing and singing with her sisters, she began studying voice at age 12 with a local opera singer/musical theatre actress.
Throughout her secondary school career, Bri filled her world with music. She showed her mettle by winning California state piano competitions, a regional contest for songwriting, regional vocal competitions, and by securing roles in multiple audition-based bands, orchestras, and choirs. Her music teachers came to rely on her abilities; several teachers had her arranging piano pieces or instrumental parts for students, her junior high and high school band teachers had her conduct the class on occasion, her choir teacher enlisted her to teach voice parts from time to time as well as accompany their class when needed, and her marching band instructor actually used her as a human pitchpipe when necessary on the field. Bri participated in every music class available at her school, including jazz band, symphonic band, marching band, madrigals choir, drumline, and more. She’d then come home and play the piano for hours and hours.
By the time Brianne graduated high school she’d learned how to play everything from the flute and piccolo to the french horn, saxophone, clarinet, keyboards (i.e. marimba/xylophone), and more. She’d been drum major and conductor and had taught piano lessons on her own for several years. She’d put together countless vocal and piano arrangements over the years, which she performed at church functions, weddings, and other local functions. Several times she performed on-stage as a solo or with a small group in front of thousands of people at a church youth retreat. With no AP music theory class offered at her high school, she studied it on her own and passed the grueling test with top marks.
Anxious to fill her life with even more music, Bri studied as much music as she could in college, taking every music class there was available as well as chorale, orchestra, and private flute, piano, and voice lessons. She pursued additional academic interests as well, ultimately finishing her collegiate education with a Master’s Degree in Sociology.
Since college, Bri has participated in diverse musical occupations, including teaching, transcribing, orchestrating, composing, and arranging. Bri has composed and orchestrated the scores for full-length musicals, arranged accompaniment tracks for singers, and created full orchestrations for a major city orchestra. She’s composed and arranged beautiful choral arrangements in different musical genres. She’s become a skilled transcriber of music, a skill greatly enhanced by her perfect pitch. Bri has continued teaching music through the years, and she has also secured multiple positions as a professional accompanist and performer. Now, Bri resides in Corona, California with her husband and spends her days teaching music, composing, arranging, and orchestrating, as well as performing and participating in other musical opportunities as they come.
One thing is certain: Brianne has performed in all kinds of settings more times than she can recall, and she has arranged and composed more songs than she can keep track of. She loves to teach music and thrills to see her students succeed and fall in love with music as she has. She loves to do anything music because to her, music is the most beautiful thing in the world. Anything she can do to share music and to help others come to love and appreciate it, she will do.
Copyright 2018 by Brianne Lundberg