Lindsey Deaton is a creator, an artistic director, a public servant and a fierce transgender and LGBTIQ+ youth advocate. Mrs. Deaton is one of the world’s leading experts on the transgender singing voice and is widely recognized as a leader in building the global trans choral movement. She has spoken and written extensively on how to create a safer choral space for trans and gender non-conforming singers.
Lindsey is the Creator and Artistic Director of The TransDiaries, an original theatre project produced by the National Organization for Women, Hollywood Chapter and is in current development as an original music-theatre project for Beth Morrison Projects and the PROTOTYPE Festival in NYC. Lindsey currently serves as a Commissioner for the City of West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the San Diego Queer Youth Chorus. She previously served on the City of West Hollywood Transgender Advisory Board.
Lindsey Deaton founded the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles in 2015. Under her artistic direction, TCLA became the largest group of trans and non-binary people anywhere in the world who gathered regularly to create music and was known for being the premier transgender chorus on the planet. Lindsey’s work with the ensemble was covered and featured on NPR, MSNBC, LA Weekly, The Advocate and in the Los Angeles Times who said TCLA is “…Providing an essential voice”.
Mrs. Deaton came to Cincinnati as the conducting apprentice to Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Deaton has guest conducted the San Francisco Ballet, the Louisville Orchestra, the Spokane Symphony, The Winston-Salem Symphony, the Youngstown Symphony and Chorus, the Schenectady Symphony and numerous orchestras at the Aspen Music Festival, among others.
She served as Contemporary Music Director at the Cathedral St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati, Ohio until her transition in 2013. She led the professional instrumental and vocal ensemble for the weekly contemporary Mass for more than a decade.
An active music educator, in 2002 Mrs. Deaton received the Dalcroze Certificate and the Dalcroze License from the Juilliard School in New York City.
Mrs. Deaton’s principal teachers were famed conducting pedagogue Leon Barzin in Paris, Gunther Schuller, Murry Sidlin, and Celin Romero. Mrs. Deaton studied with Dalcroze experts Robert Abramson and Marta Sanchez. She received her MFA in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University.
Lindsey is married to Joan, her wife of 41 years, has two daughters Mary and Joci, and hikes regularly with Joan and their one-eyed rescue pooch Scoobi.