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Brezna Earns Doctorate

Dr. Lenena Brezna, assistant professor of music at Lee University, recently earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Memphis.

Lenena Brezna
Dr. Lenena Brezna

Her dissertation, titled “The Night Dances: An Analysis of Juliana Hall’s Night Dances,” is based on the six-movement song cycle about the night by female poets, including Emily Dickenson, Emily Brontë, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Elizabeth Bishop.

“Juliana Hall has captured every nuance of the night in this song cycle taking the listener on a musical journey that spans dusk till dawn,” said Brezna. “She is one of the most important composers of song in the 21st century and is poised to be remembered in future history books alongside Schubert, Wolf, and her mentor, Dominick Argento.”

Brezna began teaching at Lee in 2014 as a lecturer in voice. She previously taught music appreciation as an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis. She was also an adjunct voice instructor at Northeast Mississippi Community College and has taught voice and piano privately to students of all ages.

She has received acclaim in a variety of operatic roles, along with solo and concert presentations. Brezna continues to perform and loves finding new teaching applications that benefit her students.

Brezna earned her Master of Fine Arts degree at Louisiana State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi.

The Lee University School of Music hosted a reception in honor of Brezna and her accomplishment earlier this semester.
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