I'm a graduate student studying classical music. I just got my master's degree, and I'll be starting at USC in the fall in an independent study program leading to doctoral studies. I play the pipe organ, and eventually I want to 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'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. I'm from Pasadena, but I got both my master's and bachelor's degree in Cleveland, Ohio, so I'm really glad to be back in a place where the only season is "good weather."
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 a small forest road 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! (Also, that same friend once ran my car out of gas in the middle of the desert at 1:00 AM. But that's a different story.)