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Chris and Gabe

Chris and Gabe Gerald Gurss n the summer of 2018 I was commissioned by Dr. Ethan Sperry to write a piece for the Portland State University Choirs for their fall concert, Gender Bender, Iwhich explored gender identity. The piece had three main goals. First, the piece was designed to show how love is universal, regardless of one’s gender identity or biology at birth. Second, the piece was designed to discuss a positive experience in the lives of trans people, in contrast with the many other, less positive stories that circulate widely. Lastly, Dr. Sperry asked that the piece be accessible in its dif- fi culty level so that the work could have a performance life that extended beyond the premiere— perhaps high schools and other community choruses will be brave enough to explore issues of gender in their own programming. The work is a dialogue between a mother, Chris Lopez (the SSAA voices), and her transgender son, Gabe Lopez (the TTBB voices). gerald gurss, native Kansan, received his bachelor’s degree in voice at Emporia State University where he studied with Terry Barham. He received his master’s degree in voice with a choral cognate from Miami University, where he studied with William Bausano http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture University of Nebraska Press

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University of Nebraska Press
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1553-0612

Abstract

Gerald Gurss n the summer of 2018 I was commissioned by Dr. Ethan Sperry to write a piece for the Portland State University Choirs for their fall concert, Gender Bender, Iwhich explored gender identity. The piece had three main goals. First, the piece was designed to show how love is universal, regardless of one’s gender identity or biology at birth. Second, the piece was designed to discuss a positive experience in the lives of trans people, in contrast with the many other, less positive stories that circulate widely. Lastly, Dr. Sperry asked that the piece be accessible in its dif- fi culty level so that the work could have a performance life that extended beyond the premiere— perhaps high schools and other community choruses will be brave enough to explore issues of gender in their own programming. The work is a dialogue between a mother, Chris Lopez (the SSAA voices), and her transgender son, Gabe Lopez (the TTBB voices). gerald gurss, native Kansan, received his bachelor’s degree in voice at Emporia State University where he studied with Terry Barham. He received his master’s degree in voice with a choral cognate from Miami University, where he studied with William Bausano

Journal

Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and CultureUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Sep 4, 2019

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