Hey...has anyone bought/used a Silent Brass System (Yamaha)? I'm thinking of buying one but they have received mixed reviews online.
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?
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.
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.
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.
It was SO MUCH FUN!
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...
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.
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?