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  • Chris and Gabe
  • Gerald Gurss (bio)

In 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, which 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 difficulty 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). [End Page 122]


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Gerald Gurss

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 and Ethan Sperry. Aft er leaving Miami, Gerald led a successful music program at the Leavenworth Catholic Schools in Leavenworth, Kansas. Gerald received his DMA in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina, where he studied with Dr. Larry Wyatt and Dr. Alicia Walker. His research focus is the inclusion and pedagogy of transgender singers in the choral rehearsal. In 2015 Gerald collaborated in the founding of Midlands Men's Chorus: The Gay Men's Chorus of Columbia, South Carolina, and served as its artistic director until 2018. Since 2008 Gerald resided in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served as the artistic director for the One Voice Chorus (Charlotte's LGBT chorus). During his studies at the University of South Carolina, Gerald was a finalist for the American Prize in Choral Composition three times (2015, 2016, and 2017). Gerald currently serves as the artistic director for the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus.

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ISSN
1553-0612
Print ISSN
1090-7505
Pages
pp. 122-128
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-04
Open Access
No
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