Brianna Trainor is a passionate percussionist, teacher, and administrator in the Midwestern United States. A diverse performer, she stays active in a variety of classical, contemporary, and world music scenes. She currently performs with the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, the graduate ensemble in residence at the University of Missouri. She has previously performed with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Monteverdi Master Chorale, Morton Feldman Chamber Players, and Ayodele Drum and Dance. She has performed in masterclasses for Dame Evelyn Glennie, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the U.S. Air Force Band, Ivan Treviño, Robert Dillon, Bolokada Conde, and others. Recent performance venues include Millennium Park, Constellation in Chicago, Ayodele African Dance Conference, and the Wisconsin Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion.
Brianna enjoys teaching in a multitude of large group, small group, and private settings. She served as a teaching artist for the Very Young Composers of Central Wisconsin, a program teaching thirty elementary school students with little to no music training how to compose music. She has given outreach presentations in public schools on topics including West African drumming, careers in music, and women in music history. She held past positions as a percussion section coach for the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program and COFAC Music Camp. Brianna also maintains a vibrant private percussion studio, providing instruction in classical percussion, jazz and rock drum set, and written and aural music theory. Offstage, Brianna has been involved with several non-profit arts organizations. She excelled as an intern and logistics worker for Chicago-based quartet Third Coast Percussion, leading the group create its first-ever Office Assistant staff position specifically for her. Previously, she was the inaugural Operations and Administrative Intern with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, a new internship which she researched and proposed to partner the UW-Stevens Point Career Ready Internship program with the College of Fine Arts and Communication. This was CWSO’s first paid internship and is now a permanent partnership between the CRI program, COFAC, and CWSO. She was an Honors Intern for the UW-Stevens Point Department of Music, where her job titles included head music librarian, supervising recording engineer, music store coordinator, and computer music center lab assistant. She has been a stage manager for the CWSO and the Riverfront Jazz Festival. Brianna is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Percussion Performance and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was awarded degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Percussion Performance and Women’s and Gender Studies, where she was a recipient of the coveted Albertson Medallion Award. Her principal teachers include Megan Arns, Sean Connors, Ryan Korb, Robert Rosen, and Andrew Elbert. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and taking community dance classes.