Brianna McDonough

RPO - Rochester's Newest Ensemble

Musician Bio

Brianna McDonough - cello

Brianna McDonough
Where are you from?
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
What instrument(s) do you play? When did you start playing?
I have played cello since 1997!
What brought you to Rochester and how did you become involved with The Rochester Pops Orchestra?
I moved to Rochester in 2014 (and again in 2016!) to work at Rochester Public Schools as an orchestra teacher. I heard about RPO auditions from another teacher friend, and the rest is history!
What is your favorite style of music to play?
Disney, or rock music!
What inspires you to play?
Rochester Pops rehearsals are like therapy. I can come to rehearsal with the weight of stress on my shoulders, and leave refreshed. We have amazing musical moments that fill my heart, and give me chills and goosebumps! I hope the audience feels the same!
What is your favorite piece/concert that The Rochester Pops has played?
What other things are you involved with in the Rochester community?
I enjoy Repertory Theatre performances, intramural sports, trails and parks, and the Rochester food truck scene.
What do you do in your free time? (ie hobbies)
I enjoy house projects, knitting, biking, and gardening!
You’re a new addition in the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I would be razzle dazzle rose! It was my favorite crayon as a kid. I was very sassy and adamant about correcting anyone who said my favorite color was just “pink”. Um, excuse me?! It’s razzle dazzle rose!
Name a song that best describes you and why?
I know it’s cheesy, but “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman is a fabulous self-love anthem! It’s the reminder we need to grant ourselves grace and patience as we learn and grow, especially in the face of naysayers and negative influences!