I'm a graduate student at the Cleveland Institute of Music where I'm getting my Master of Music degree. I'm from Los Angeles, where I've lived almost my whole life (except for college).
I play the pipe organ, and I'm studying organ performance. Eventually, I want to get a doctorate and work as a church music director or (ideally) the professor of organ at a small college. And relax, I'm not too religious. I just find the music very moving and powerful. You know that stereotype about the guy whistfully saying "Aahhhhh, Bach!!!" while lifting his arm to the heavens? That's basically me. :^P
My bachelor's degree is actually in physics rather than music. I got my bachelor's degree in Cleveland too, at Case Western. I'm glad that I studied physics as an undergrad--it's nice to have floating around in your head, and on occasion it comes in handy.
Let's see. When I'm not frantically practicing, what do I do.... I guess you could say my first love in life was railroads and steam locomotives. I volunteer at a railroad museum maintaining and operating a steam locomotive from 1922, and I'm a federally qualified locomotive engineer. My grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather all worked for the Santa Fe Railway, so maybe it's genetic....
I also really like going on random adventures, either in the city or in the mountains or rural highways. I've discovered probably 20 awesome ice cream shops that way, and I've found some beautiful vistas. Sometimes it turns out to be a bit of a misadventure--my friend and I spent New Year's Eve one year stuck in snow on Mt. Gleason, which is north of LA. I don't plan on ever doing that again, but it was definitely worth it once--the sunrise the next morning was amazing!