Dr. Brianne Borden joined the faculty at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in the Fall of 2020 and serves as Assistant Professor of Trumpet. She is a member of the Potsdam Brass Quintet and Principal Trumpet of the Orchestra of Northern New York. Preceding Potsdam, Borden taught for the Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Harmony Project Phoenix, the University of Colorado Summer Academy, as well as maintained a vibrant private studio.
In high demand for performances and clinics, Borden travels to numerous universities and conferences nationally and internationally as a guest artist. Having an accomplished orchestral and solo career, she has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Monarch Brass, Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, as a featured artist for the 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference, and under the baton of great conductors such as Gunther Schuller, Karina Canellakis, Tito Muñoz, and Helmuth Rilling.
An advocate for wellness within the classical music community, Borden teaches a Musicians’ Wellness class at Crane and has researched heavily in the field. Prior to her arrival at Potsdam, she has served as Instructor for a weekly class titled Movement for Musicians at Arizona State University, as well as Instructor of Yoga for Musicians at the University of Colorado. Borden’s wellness expertise is centered in the realms of performance anxiety, musculoskeletal health, trauma-informed mindfulness, and the practical application of yoga techniques. In addition to yoga and meditation accreditations, Borden has also completed the Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine certification through the Performing Arts Medicine Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. Borden recently co-authored an article, “Lived Experiences: Music Educators’ Stress in the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which can be found published in the Visions of Research in Music Education journal. Furthermore, Borden currently acts as Co-Owner and CEO of a virtual yoga studio, Yoga for All Musicians, catering specifically to the physical and emotional needs of musicians.
Borden completed her Doctoral studies at Arizona State University, where she served as Teaching Assistant to David Hickman and was recipient of Raphael Mendez Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Student. Preceding ASU, Borden received her Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Colorado – Boulder where she taught as a Teaching Assistant as well as performed with the Graduate Brass Quintet. Lastly, she is a proud alumna of SUNY Potsdam where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance and her love of brass chamber music was established in the Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet. Borden is honored to be an S.E. Shires Artist.