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Breena Loraine

Vocalist, Songwriter, Musicologist
Los Angeles, CA
Breena Loraine is a vocalist, songwriter, and musicologist specializing in music supervision. She is a PhD candidate in UCLA’s Department of Musicology where she researches music for film, television, video games, and advertising, as well as the contemporary music industry overall. Her dissertation, “‘Hollywood’s New Power Players’”: The Post-2010 Culture of Music Supervision and Sync,” draws on methodologies from musicology, ethnomusicology, media studies, popular culture studies, cultural and social theory, and business strategy and management. She blends scholarship with practical experience in the industry by incorporating detailed analysis of industry trends with thoughtful reflections on her fieldwork and interviews conducted throughout Los Angeles. Breena has held positions at Catch the Moon Music, Angry Mob Music Group, and White Horse Pictures, gaining experience in various aspects of the industry, from creative pitching and music licensing to A&R, publishing, and other areas of film development and production.

Breena has presented her research on music supervision and the culture of sync at media conferences and universities across Southern California. She is also a published author with four articles in *Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History,* edited by Laura L. S. Bauer (ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA: 2019), and a forthcoming review of *Liberating Hollywood: Women Directors and the Feminist Reform of 1970s American Cinema* by Maya Montañez Smukler in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She designs and instructs a number of seminars at UCLA, focusing on film and television music, as well as music in media of the Long Sixties (1954–1974). She has served as a Teaching Fellow and Associate for many courses at UCLA and San Diego State University (SDSU), including The Beatles, History of Rock, America in the Sixties, Psychedelic Rock of the 1960s, Medievalism in Music and Culture, 20th-Century Opera, and The Music Business Now.

From SDSU, she earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in management, by which she has developed a career as a strategic project management consultant, as well as a Master of Arts degree in music with a specialization in musicology, for which she specialized in music featured in British propaganda films of World War II. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance, business administration (management), and the Honors Minor in interdisciplinary studies from SDSU. As a soprano specializing in early music and opera, 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. She is also a conductor and composer of choral music, and she owned and operated her own music studio, teaching voice, conducting, music theory and history to students of all ages. Breena is passionate about college admissions mentorship, access to music education, and solo and ensemble performance opportunities for low-income students and volunteers for organizations dedicated to these causes.

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