I'm a native of Pasadena, although during the school year I'm a graduate student at the Cleveland Institute of Music. I play the pipe organ, and I'm in my last year working on my master of music degree in 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. I'm not religious; I just find the music very moving and powerful. You know that stereotype about the guy wistfully 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 Reserve University. 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, although not in the way most people use the phrase. Sometimes I'll drive around the city, the mountains, or the desert with no real destination in mind, just seeing what I discover along the way. In the city I've found probably 20 awesome ice cream shops that way, and in the mountains I've seen some immensely beautiful vistas and sunsets. 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!