Bruce Briney – Music Director and Conductor


Bruce C. Briney
Music Director and Conductor
Photo by Carla Churchill

Bruce Briney pursues a creative life that intersects the worlds of conducting, performing and teaching.  As a music professor at Western Illinois University, he was selected as the Music Director of the QSOA in 2007, the organization’s 60th anniversary season.  During his tenure, concert attendance and season subscribers have grown as audiences are drawn to the organization’s colorful and engaging programming. The multimedia Beyond the Score® production of Dvorak’s New World Symphony and the recent performance of Holst’s The Planets brought record audience numbers to hear the orchestra.  The Illinois Council of Orchestras awarded the QSO the 2011 Community Relations of the Year Award for creative collaborations.  In 2013, Dr. Briney was recognized as the ICO’s Community Orchestra Conductor of the Year.

Briney received his musical education from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University where he earned a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance. His conducting background includes work with orchestras, opera, wind ensemble, concert bands, brass ensemble and brass band.  Recordings of Briney’s work as a conductor and instrumental soloist are represented on the Crystal, Koss, Premiere, Parma and RMC labels.  Dr. Briney has performed and presented at national conferences including the International Trumpet Guild Convention, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas Music Educators Convention, the College Band Directors National Association Convention, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the New York Brass Conference, the North American Association of Brass Bands, and College Music Society meetings.

Fall 2019 marks the start of Briney’s 27th year at WIU. He is also celebrating 25 years of service as a member of the Peninsula Music Festival and Quad Cities Symphony.  He received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and his students are frequent finalists and winners in the National Trumpet Competition, International Trumpet Guild Orchestra Competition, MTNA state and regional solo competitions and the School of Music Concerto Competition.  Recent projects include Parma Records CD release of James Stephenson’s The Devil’s Tale, and two co-authored articles for the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild.

Bruce and his wife Robin live in Macomb with their college age children, Paul and Elizabeth, and Addison the golden retriever.  When in Quincy, Dr. Briney’s accommodations are provided by the Hampton Inn.

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