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Musicians of Rochester: Gaelen McCormick

Jan 4, 2018

Credit Photo: Eastman School of Music

What happens when a musician goes deaf? Most simply retire. A few--Beethoven being the most famous case--carry on. Meet Gaelen McCormick. Gaelen began having hearing problems some years back, and was ultimately diagnosed with Bilateral Meniere's Disease. With fight or flight as her two options, Gaelen has chosen the former. She began 2018 with a video:

And she's not done. She has music to write, books to publish, and students to teach. In her conversation with Julia Figueras, which begins with "Jill's Song," one of her own compositions, Gaelen makes it clear that this is only the beginning of a new journey, with a new superpower.