Lindsey Deaton is a conductor, guitarist, singer, speaker and a fierce transgender and LGBTIQ youth advocate.
Lindsey is the Founder/Artistic Director of Trans Chorus of Los Angeles and the Diverse City Youth Chorus in Cincinnati Ohio. The Diverse City Youth Chorus encourages and fosters artistic expression, personal development, and leadership in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning and allied youth and presents performances that provide an opportunity and space for young people, however they identify, to say “this is a place where I am accepted for who I am and everything that I bring.” DCYC is the only Queer arts youth program in Ohio.
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.
Mrs. Deaton served as Contemporary Music Director at the Cathedral St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati, Ohio since 2003. 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 principle 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.
Since transitioning in 2013, Lindsey has focused on her work with the Trans community and LGBQIA youth.
Lindsey and her wife Joan have been together for over 35 years and live in Los Angeles with their dog Roosevelt. They have two daughters Mary and Joci, who also live in Los Angeles.