Dr. Bruning, an Iowa native, has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the Unites States and Holland. She holds degrees in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Drake University and University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where her major teachers included Dr. Chiu-Ling Lin, Eugene Pridonoff, and Frank Weinstock. In demand as an instructor and adjudicator, she often conducts master classes and has adjudicated numerous competitions including the 2008 Elizabeth R. Davis Piano Competition and the 2007 International Young Artist’s Piano Competition in Washington, DC.
An expert in Native-American-influenced music from the early Twentieth Century, she frequently performs and lectures on the subject at venues such as The State Department in Washington, DC, and the 2007 College Music Society National Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. In November 2009 Ludwig Masters published the first in a series of piano books compiled and edited by Dr. Bruning entitled The Indian Character Piece: Native-American Influenced Piano Works from the Early Twentieth Century, Volume I. Volume II was published in 2012. In Fall 2015 Dr. Bruning will release a CD of Native-American influenced piano works for Albany Records.
Dr. Bruning serves as a reviewer for the scholarly journal Clavier Companion where she reviews new teaching and performance scores. Additionally, Dr. Bruning maintains an interest in helping students address issues of performance anxiety. She has conducted many workshops on the topic at summer music festivals and conferences such as the International Music Festival and Sigma Alpha Iota’s Province Day.
In demand as a collaborative artist, Dr. Bruning has performed with well-known brass players such as Ron Barron (retired principal trombone for the Boston Symphony) and Joseph Alessi (principle trombone for the New York Philharmonic). In Fall 2015 she will record a CD of trombone music written by female composers with Dr. Natalie Mannix of Towson University.
Currently, Dr. Bruning is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. She has also been on the faculty of Shepherd University, Anne Arundel Community College, and Trinity University. Dr. Bruning is an active member of the Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA), the Music Teachers’ Association of Greater Baltimore (MTAGB), and the College Music Society (CMS).