Breena Loraine is a PhD student in UCLA’s Department of Musicology and the Graduate Certificate in Early Modern and Eighteenth-Century Studiesprogram. Her research interests include film music, the business and political aspects of today’s music industry, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century opera and adaptations of Shakespeare’s works, and early sacred music. She is President of the Graduate Students Association’s Humanities Council, Managing Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, ECHO: A Music-Centered Journal, and co-organizer for the 2014–2015 Distinguished Lecture Series. In 2014 Breena won the department’s “Friends of Musicology Award for Best Seminar Paper,” as well as the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship and Graduate Research Mentorship awards.She has been a Teaching Associate for UCLA’s Music Industry programand recently served as Manager of TV and Film for a music licensing company in Los Angeles.

Breena earned an MA in musicology in 2013 from San Diego State University (SDSU), where she was honored with the Mráček Memorial Award for Outstanding Musicological Research, as well as the Love Library Award and two Dean’s Awards for papers presented at SDSU’s Student Research Symposium. She taught an undergraduate music history course at SDSU and has served as the teaching assistant for a variety of classes, ranging from marketing to psychedelic rock of the 1960s.  She also holds an MBA with a specialization in management from SDSU, where she graduated in 2012 as valedictorian with the title “Outstanding Graduate in Management.”

Breena studied abroad at the University of Oxford (St Hilda’s College) and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2011 with a BMus in vocal performance, BS in business administration (management), and Honors Minor in interdisciplinary studies from SDSU, where she was named Outstanding Graduate of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Outstanding Graduate of the School of Music, and Outstanding Student Contributor in Business. She won the Undergraduate Research Excellence Award for her senior honors thesis and was recognized with the prestigious “Quest for the Best” award for academic achievement, campus leadership and involvement, and community volunteerism. Trained as a soprano specializing in early and classical music, Breena has performed with San Diego Opera, San Diego Symphony, Orchestra Nova, Bach Collegium San Diego, Pacific Academy of Ecclesiastical Music (PACEM), and other local and international ensembles. As an opera singer, conductor, composer, and music instructor, Breena is passionate about providing music education and performance opportunities to underprivileged children and volunteers for organizations dedicated to this cause.