My goal as a guest composer and educator is to provide you and your group with a musically enriching experience.
I am very proud of what I have overcome and where my journey has taken me. My identity is an intrinsic part of the music within me, and I am grateful to so many who have shared with me that my music speaks to them in a powerful way.
With that said, my gender identity is not a focal point in my workshops. The focus in our workshop will always be on the music – the creation and performance of it – and especially on the singers and their experience.
In some instances, I purposefully “play down” the difference in my identity to allow the focus to remain on enrichment through the music and the performance.
Of course, there are times when I am invited to a workshop about embracing the unique beauty in each of us and how we express ourselves, both through music and our own identity. If this is the case with our workshop, I welcome a simple signal such as “Just be yourself!” during our collaborative planning session. This simple statement will open a channel for dialog regarding your musical community’s connection to the LGBT community, and in particular, the transgender musician.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask. I am very open to discussion about what it takes to navigate the professional world as a composer with much music to share – and who happens to identify as transgender.
When working with me, you may also have questions about Addressing Gender Pronouns