Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2021
This study was done to understand how being a member of the Queer community can influence musicianship, and how LGBTQ+ composers can be best supported. Through surveying and studying LGBTQ+ composers, I have studied and am performing saxophone works by three composers and have learned about their unique experiences and how the music community can best support them. These composers include Dr. Nathan Froebe, Dr. Alex Temple, and Yaz Lancaster. The results of interviewing these composers found that these LGBTQ+ composers often create unique music about their experiences that can be influenced by Queer culture. Additionally, it was concluded that representation of LGBTQ+ composers is important for diversifying the music field and making music more accessible. Featured in this presentation is a performance of among Verticals for solo alto saxophone by Yaz Lancaster. Inspired by “Mme Kupka’s among Verticals” by František Kupka, this piece is an important inclusion to the saxophone repertoire from a LGBTQ+ composer. This study serves as a beneficial resource for saxophonists and musicians at large that would like to learn about diversifying the classical music field.