experience.

i have over 15 years of experience as a musician and have been privileged to have performed extensively during this time. i am strongest and most often found on piccolo, and i double flute, alto saxophone, and clarinet. sometimes, bassoon and violin/fiddle. i also have vocal experience as a former soprano and current bass (range: ≈E♭₂-G₄).

i believe in expanding the traditionally cisgender male-driven field of music to all who wish to experience the craft. while my experience is primarily as an instrumentalist and woodwind player, i have recently begun to explore my changing vocal instrument and hope to work with transgender singers following my next educational adventure. in my hormonal transition, my voice has dropped about two octaves and a sixth. as someone with a singing background at the university level, this has been quite the journey! my education has been essential, yet still a challenge in learning how to use (and find!) my voice again. in my early transition, i was very fortunate to have seen an excellent medical professional who took care of my voice instead of frying it as some transgender men have experienced. he also encouraged me to sing through the effects of my weekly injection, no matter how hard it was as an educated musician. i went through, essentially, another puberty at 28 years old… including the vocal cracking that teenage boys experience. singing through it allowed my voice to gradually even out.

i hope to share what i’ve learned with other transgender singers and contribute to changing and challenging who is “allowed” to embark on a musical journey.

education.

  • west chester university of pa. west chester, pa
    ->studied flute with dr. kimberly reighley (2005-2009)
    -> studied voice with dr. in-young lee (2006-2008)
  • liberty high school. bethlehem, pa

theatre.

a short list. reeds/woodwinds (piccolo, flute, alto saxophone, clarinet), and sometimes fiddle. various companies in the philadelphia/south jersey/delaware region and the lehigh valley/allentown/bethlehem/easton region.

  • annie
  • anything goes
  • assassins
  • avenue q
  • bare
  • barnum
  • beauty and the beast
  • brigadoon
  • bye bye birdie
  • candide
  • chicago
  • company
  • crazy for you
  • damn yankees
  • dreamgirls
  • evita
  • the drowsy chaperone
  • fiddler on the roof
  • footloose (reeds + violin)
  • guys and dolls
  • gypsy
  • hair
  • hms pinafore
  • into the woods
  • jekyll and hyde
  • jesus christ superstar
  • joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat
  • les miserables (school edition)
  • lucky stiff
  • oliver!
  • man of la mancha
  • mary poppins
  • the mikado
  • the music man
  • my fair lady
  • newsies!
  • oklahoma!
  • of thee i sing
  • once on this island
  • once upon a mattress
  • the pajama game (reeds first time, violin 2 second time)
  • pippin
  • pirates of penzance
  • the producers
  • ragtime
  • the scarlet pimpernel
  • the secret garden
  • the sound of music
  • sweeney todd
  • sweet charity
  • titanic: the musical
  • youŕe a good man, charlie brown
  • west side story
  • the wizard of oz

ensembles.

            -present-
  • philadelphia freedom band (2010-present)
    piccolo/flute (2011-present), clarinet/saxophone (2011-present, marching band), bassoon (2010-2011)
    – woodwind section leader (2014-present)
    – selected “firsts” and performances: president barack obama’s inaugural parade (20 january 2015, with the lesbian and gay band association), wawa welcome america independence day parade (first lgbt group), mummers parade (first lgbt band), performing for legalization of pa marriage equality (liberty bell, may 2014), various flag raisings/ceremonies at philadelphia city hall, various conventions, parades, and good times.
  • voices of pride (2017-present)
    bass 2
          -past-
  • greater overbrook string band (lead alto sax. on hiatus for medical reasons)
  • audubon symphony orchestra (trappe, pa. violin 1)
  • marine band of allentown pa (bassoon and woodwind/piccolo/flute/clarinet/saxophone sub)
  • municipal band of bethlehem pa (piccolo/flute/winds)
  • municipal band of easton pa (piccolo/flute/winds)
  • american legion band of bethlehem pa (piccolo/flute/winds)
  • west chester university orchestra (undergraduate studies. violin 2)
  • west chester university incomparable golden rams marching band (undergraduate studies. piccolo, alto saxophone)
  • west chester university, various ensembles (undergraduate studies, various instruments)