Brenda is known as an outstanding, innovative musician, poet, song-writer and inter-disciplinary performer. From her roots as a classical cellist who graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an honours degree in music performance, Brenda has gone on to create conceptual art events from the linkages between axrt music, popular music, theatre, poetry, dance and visual art. Her excellence as a cellist and her original artistic voice as a poet and songwriter have been acclaimed both nationally and internationally.
Brenda holds her Honours degree in Music Performance from the University of Western Ontario, and her Bachelors of Education with an Honours Specialist in Music Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She taught at the high school level for the York Region District School Board for 14 years, and at the university level at Algoma College of Laurentian University and York University. She has been Artistic Director for the Ardeleana Chamber Music Society for 25 years, she is founder and director of the Blue Bridge Festival, and has performed and recorded extensively as a chamber musician throughout Ontario, Canada and Internationally.
Brenda has produced six recordings. Five of these focus primarily on the art music of Canadian women composerins, cluding the first CD to feature music only by Canadian Women - Spinners of Starlight. She has toured as a chamber musician throughout Canada and the United States, and has been broadcast on the CBC and other radio stations. Brenda has premiered many works of new music, loves to improvise and perform with musicians of many genres, and performs frequently as a soloist. Her CD Wolf at My Door features original caberet songs performed by two opera singers and her trio, Ardeleana.
Brenda is also an award winning artist. Her most recent awards include an Applause Award for Excellence from the York Region District School Board for her children's story-opera Melissa's Song. She was named "Entertainer of the Year" for York Region by the Canadian Cancer Society's Awards for Women. Brenda now maintains an active free-lance career as a musician, writer, private studio teacher, clinician, and composer, and resides in Parry Sound where she has opened her own music studio, Whispering River Music Studio.