More specifically: I majored in music at Amherst College, and studied composition, conducting, musicology, and musical theatre; I also sang in/directed an a capella group and various choirs. I adored it there, but I'm glad to be living in a city again, rather than a small town... Amherst, MA is a good place to incubate with your thoughts and passions, but other, necessary types of growth require more space and diversity!
In addition to music, I've dabbled in theater, writing, design, and dance; I try to just explore and enjoy what I'm interested in without being too goal-oriented, competitive or self-censoring. Though I love working toward a goal, I am learning to see my artistic endeavors as less linear, and more about a deep desire to live life creatively.
I spent a semester in Cape Town, South Africa studying and volunteering and it changed my life, so after I graduated I returned there to research youth choirs and volunteer at Cape Town Opera. While I was there, I also started songwriting again and learned a ton about myself and the world... eish, it was amazing! (If you ask me about South Africa, you won't be able to get me to shut up.) Then the past couple months I was back in MA costume designing an opera, which was kind of random but also incredible: very creatively fulfilling, with lots of hard work and great people.
Okay, that's a summary of what I've done, perhaps not who I am... Whatever else, I am very passionate about what I do, and feel things very deeply. I perhaps tend to over-think (and over-feel?) things, but I'm trying to live more in the moment. As I have gotten myself together creatively and intellectually, and feel like I have come into myself as a person, I'm becoming even more interested and invested in other people and relationships. Being a good friend is the most important thing in the world to me, and I am always yearning to know people better and be close to them.
Oh -- I love Buffalo, my hometown. It's an amazing city with a lot of awesome liberal people, great food music and theater, and amazing architecture. It's also got a shitty-ass public education system I hope to help fix some day. And urban exploring!
Also, this "self-summary" is unfortunately not reflecting this at all, but I think I'm sometimes pretty funny. Not as funny as my sister, who has always been HILARIOUS and almost immediately sends me into stitches whenever I go home. But definitely appreciative of humor! I love being silly, most notably by singing songs on nonsense syllables or quoting song lyrics at completely random/appropriate times. Also, despite (or perhaps because of?) my ardent feminism, there is little I enjoy more than a good "that's what s/he said." I always laugh harder than anyone else... but I don't mind. I love to laugh. However, I am increasingly disappointed by the use of humor to deflect, especially on OKCupid profiles (i.e. men who answer "First thing people notice about me" with "my bangin' tits").
But I most love people, learning, and art.
I am passionate, creative, and reflective; I try to be open-hearted and open-minded, soulful and full-bodied.
music: Ani Difranco, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, 10,000 Maniacs, Aimee Mann, Van Morrisson, anything motown, oldies in general, Alanis Morissette, John and Mary, Regina Spektor, Debussy, Copland, Credence Clearwater Revival, the Spinners, Antje Duvekot, Wilco, Barenaked Ladies, musicals, much much more.
food: Indian, Thai, Italian.
How to be my best self.
How music works.
1) Having an intense discussion / jam session with my best friend.
2) Throwing an impromptu dance party!
3) Relaxing with guilty-pleasure TV after a long day.
Oh hell, that's not even really private.