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Friday, November 24th, 2006
10:05 am
Hey classy dudes and folks!

It's grad school application/audition time and I've narrowed it to 3 schools: McGill, Northwestern, and Boston U.

Anyone have any experiences with these schools? Are there lots/some trans people? Are they used to trans students? Just curious-- I figure they probably are. Any other comments on these schools appreciated, too. Hope everyone is doing well and making awesome music!


Oh, and PS, here's a picture of my horn section at school (minus one guy) for your viewing pleasure Read more...Collapse )
Monday, September 25th, 2006
9:35 pm
Silent Mute System
Hey...has anyone bought/used a Silent Brass System (Yamaha)? I'm thinking of buying one but they have received mixed reviews online.

Thanks, Drew
Sunday, June 25th, 2006
8:13 pm
random question...
I've heard that there is/was a trans man in the Dallas Symphony horn section. Is this true? If so, who is it? Or maybe they're not out? Or maybe it's just a vicious rumor?
Monday, June 5th, 2006
2:25 pm
So this girl I've been seeing here in SF got accepted and is at NOI, right now. (She got chosen to play first flute on Mahler 5, too!!!) We were talking on the phone the other night and she mentioned that there are LOTS of women there-- it's mostly women. However, it's a lot of waspy kids who apparently are very sheltered. A dinner conversation included a shocked silence when she said the word "dykey" in reference to herself and also one of the other musicians saying, "oh, yeah, feminism! I read something about feminism, once!"

I responded by saying, I wonder what they would think if you told them that you'd recently had a transexual lover!?

Anyway, it got me thinkin' about what might go down if I attend one of these places one day.

That's all,
Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
5:22 pm
Save Georgia music programs!
I realize that this topic doesn't relate to gender, but it is a very important issue concerning Georgia music programs.

A bill has just passed through the Georgia state senate concerning curriculum in the elementary and middle schools that will drastically cut into, if not kill the band programs at those levels. At the core of the bill is mandating 30 minutes of Physical Education for every elementary student every day of the school year. This will wipe out the band, string and choral programs at the elementary level. The bill also includes 45 minutes of Physical Education every day for middle school students. This will reduce band to a twice a week class. The music programs will suffer severely because of this. Please go to www.petitiononline.com/gamusic and sign the petition, even if you don't live in Georgia. If you do live in Georgia, please write to or call your representatives. Even if you can't vote, you still have a voice. Please spread the word. Thank you.
Monday, February 6th, 2006
3:28 pm
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Sunday, February 5th, 2006
3:24 pm
Penguin Concert
Yesterday was a fun day for me...

The conservatory orchestra had a concert; Don Juan, Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 (I played principal horn on that) and Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet scenes. Great Concert. And I did some last minute thrift store shopping and wore a tux. It was my first concert in a tux instead of all-black.


And no one batted an eyelash. San Francisco is so over it, man. You cannot rattle these people. (Though a lot of people did tell me I looked handsome. !!! )

Pictures to follow, whenever I get them emailed to me...

Current Mood: hungover and happy
Monday, January 16th, 2006
1:33 am
shit, do ALL you queers play brass or woodwinds?

my name is Max, I identify as genderqueer. I've played violin since I was five, and have a queer string quartet in Portland, OR called the Accidental String Quartet. We have our first recital coming up January 28th, huzah!

i'm also a drag king, I co-founded Ubergay Cabaret and did tons of performing and touring with that. I have a BA in Gender Studies from Santa Clara University and wrote my thesis on drag kings, transgender theory and feminism.

uhhm, yeah, that's all for now. looking forward to this community and all the musical nerdiness that will ensue.
Sunday, January 15th, 2006
3:27 pm

Hi all. My name's Blake, as shown in my username, and I'm here because Leander (awesome guy by the way, sold me my horn for a damn good price) told me about the group... and I figure it's as good a place as any to meet fellow geeks and transfolk. I'm a horn performance major at UC Irvine (looking to double in biology to appease my parents' desire that I have a chance at getting a "real job" after college... whatever that is...) and, as luck would have it, a freshman. I started living as a man my senior year in highschool, and while I've had neither surgery nor have I started T yet, I am blessed with a naturally deep voice, so I pass without really any trouble.

Anyway, I don't really have anything to say here as I just wanted to introduce myself. But I'm a huge geek and I wanted to say hi. And bye, since I'm going to stop rambling now.

8:55 am
the introduction
very excited for this new community. i was a music performance major (trumpet) about seven years ago and have since switched to sociology. i'm very into "gender theory" (generically) and haven't had much time/a venue to get back into trumpet playing. i also had my first shot of 'T' yesterday and am obsessed about my voice changing. i joined the university choir this semester and hope having a regular practice routine will help condition my voice so i don't lose too much quality.

also, for the two folks who are attending Ohio State and Indiana University: I've applied to grad programs there. How is it being trans in those university communities?


Thursday, January 12th, 2006
7:26 pm
i'll add another intro
Hey, I'm Evin, I'm currently a high school senior at a small boarding school that's on a cow farm in southern Vermont. Luckily, though, for it's small student population, we have quite an impressive high school orchestra. I've been playing the oboe for about 7 years now. I also play the bassoon, although I don't currently have access to one, so I'm mostly concentrating on the oboe at this point. I also started playing the piano at age 4, and have kept up with that for quite a while. Music is something that I have been involved with all of my life, but I don't plan to apply to music schools or major in music in college, it is more just of a hobby thing for me. I'm a little too involved in extreme sports and other things to be able to consider myself a "serious" musician, unlike oboejive I can't see my ADD self being able to sit down at a table making reeds for more than 10 minutes without getting distracted. But I really hope to continue playing for as long as possible, because playing music, whether in an orchestra, or in a chamber group, or a concerto, is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things I know. But I suppose I'm preaching to the choir (no pun intended. but it sounds like you all are more instrumentalists than singers, so perhaps i won't go down into pun hell).

And onto the trans part - I identify as FTM, tranny boy, transguy, any other words along those lines. I've been on Testosterone for about 7 months now, and I had top surgery 6 1/2 months ago. I was able to persuade my parents into helping me transition, otherwise I wouldn't be this far, because I am under 18. But I turn 18 in March, so not so long until I'm legal! It was kind of funny, I remember one of the discussions/fights I had with my parents and trying to convince them to let me be a guy was saying, "It's not like I'm going to quit the oboe or anything, I'm still a dedicated musician and a hard working student..." I feel like being a musician gives me a "good kid" vibe, and it makes it harder for adults to look at me like I'm just some "punk" or rebel. Because, honestly, what grandmother wouldn't be proud that their grandchild is a dedicated musician? Through all the identity changes over the past 4 or 5 years, it seems like playing the oboe has been the one constant thing in my life...the one thing that people can look at and realize in a way, "oh yeah, this is still the same kid we knew because he/she plays the oboe."
Although, one of the harder people to come out to has been my private teacher. With most people in my life, there was always some reason or some way to explain my situation. Coming out to my oboe teacher was awkward and just like irrevelent to playing the oboe. But it was weird having him call me my old name, especially when I started passing 100% of the time as male.

Okay, I think that's all I have for now. You're more than welcome to look at my website, http://www.nbtsc.org/~huntershadow (and I also have my very own oboe-specific page! http://www.nbtsc.org/~huntershadow/oboe.html)
4:35 pm
Hi. I'm Aarin. I identify as genderqueer and play trumpet, baritone, a little piano and soon I'll play some percussion, mostly chimes. I'm in concert band, marching band, jazz band, pep band, and indoor percussion. I don't have the opportunity to play much classical stuff, but I like classical and this seems like a cool place.
7:21 pm
I'm a composer cross dresser/genderqueer/whatever. I'm studying at CCMIX in France this year. Next year, maybe I'll be at UC Berkeley getting a PhD, but I don't know yet. I haven't really written any GQ music, however, I have a podcast at http://www.berkeleynoise.com/celesteh/podcast.

I also play tuba, but not so much in the classical genre.

Posting here rather than writing a Soprano / String Bass duet which needs to be done too soon....
10:01 am
hey all...i'm not too into doing intros but i suppose i'll manage
my name is adam and i'm a freshman at sarah lawrence. i'm a music third there (we don't have majors - its a little complicated) we have a tiny music program but the profs are all pretty good and i suppose the size of the program fits with the school because there are only 1200 undergrads. um, i'm origionally from portland oregon and have been playing flute for about 9 years.
I've been on T for almost a year (a year in feb) and changed my name in aug. of '04. i plan on getting to surgery at some point in the nexst four years but i'm not really in a rush.

Current Mood: anxious
12:11 am
Hey, people.

Introduction: I'm Leander-- ftm, genderqueer, French horn player currently attending the San Francisco Conservatory. I am set for a court date to change my name on valentine's day and I'll be having chest surgery with Dr.Brownstein mid-March. I am very stoked.

I'm not taking testosterone, right now, but I imagine I probably will, at some point, maybe in time for me to pass somewhat better when I go off to grad school.

It wasn't my intention for this to be a site where we could only discuss gender things. If you got somethin' to say about rep you're playing, how large Bach's thumbs were, the nationalities of Augmented Six chords, the history of the kazoo... by all means POST IT! Entertain! Inquire! Challenge!

OK. So yeah. I guess that's it.

Current Mood: wide awake
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