Brianne (Wicks) Sterling is a native of Gouverneur, NY. She received her bachelor's degree from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, graduating summa cum laude with a major in music education. She received her master's degree in music education with distinction from Crane. She was the recipient of the Julia E. Crane Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and a 2-time Departmental Scholar in her time at Crane. She teaches vocal and choral music at Madrid-Waddington High School and serves as a member of the Crane School of Music's Alumni Board of Trustees.