After devoting 28 years to music, I’m excited to be involved in social justice advocacy, mental health, and community support and pursue a dual career. I’m passionate about using my lived experience as a transgender Jewish immigrant with disabilities (among other things) and my training as a researcher, social worker, and counselor to serve minoritized communities. I've recently joined the (amazing) SF LGBT Center as a Youth Host Homes Case Manager where I get to connect sexual and gender diverse folks ages 18-24 with host homes, resources, and the broader LGBTQ+ communities. Before that, I worked as a mental health counselor with the Progress House, and as a counselor/care manager with the San Francisco Community Health Center. I'm also involved as a volunteer with ACLU Northern California, Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Lab at UC San Francisco, The Pride Study at UCSF-Stanford, UCSF's No One Dies Alone program, and the National LGBT Help Center. I’m joining Columbia University School of Social Work as a remote graduate student this fall.
I’m honored to be the first openly transgender musician in a major American orchestra and I look forward to the day when it’s nothing unusual, in any space. I’m really grateful for the amazing people I got to meet and the opportunities the world of music has afforded me, and I hope this next chapter of having a dual career is just as fruitful.
If you’re curious what I’ve done as a musician, here’s a little more of the story.