Not everyone who is trans wants to change their voice. Some do. Either way, what do the voices - the actual voices - of trans and non-binary people tell you about who they are?
Today, you’ll meet a trans woman whose work adapting her voice led her to help others. Also, hear from a transfemme non-binary yoga teacher who uses Vedic Chanting to feel centered, and to feel closer to their voice. You’ll hear from members of a choir in the bay area that is exclusively for singers who self-identify as transgender, intersex, or gender-queer.
And you’ll get to know Lucia Lucas. She's the first female baritone to perform a principal role on an American operatic stage, and she happens to be trans.
- Ama-Rose Wootan teaches vocal feminization and masculinization, and helps run a Discord community called Scinguistics
- Reuben Zellman is the Founder and Director of New Voices Bay Area choir
- Lene Kristian Bryngemark and Jasmine Gee are singers in New Voices Bay Area
- Río Amani is a transfemme nonbinary afro latine puerto rican native living in Denver, who is has been practicing Vedic Chanting for 9 years
- Lucia Lucas is an American opera singer living and performing in Germany. She is transgender, and the first female baritone to inhabit a principal role on an American operatic stage
Jessica Severin de Martinez and Catie Talarski contributed to this show.
Special thanks to Hilary Weissberg. She’s a Speech-Language Pathologist based in Old Saybrook CT, who suggested we explore this topic.