BMus (Honours Music Theory, Composition), MA (Music Theory), MISt (Library and Archives), McGill University
Although originally a jazz saxophonist, Brenna studied classical music both in undergraduate and graduate school at McGill University with a focus on early music, late nineteenth century chromaticism, and temperament and tuning systems. Her master’s thesis is on form independent of text in Monteverdi’s Fourth Book of Madrigals. Brenna started learning swing dances, including tap, at Cat’s Corner Dance Studio in Montreal following the completion of her first master’s degree. Due to this new-found interest, Brenna’s recent research has been on investigating rhythm in tap dance with a particular focus on the influences of African American vernacular dances on jazz as an artform and the rhythms of Eddie Brown. As a music librarian, Brenna has been largely focused on critical information literacy and new ways in which to provide information services for both the public and academic communities. One of Brenna’s more recent projects includes Jazz Research Corner, an open-access subject guide to aid in the research of the history and culture of African American vernacular dances originating from the swing era.