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Gaelen McCormick

Fifteen years ago, a new summer music series came to the Finger Lakes, and Backstage Pass debuted with it. On the next Backstage Pass, the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival returns to talk about changes made and plans for the future. Original founder Amy Barston is joined by her current co-director Kevin Kumar, pianist Audrey Andrist, and the festival's new Executive Director Gaelen McCormick to chat with host Julia Figueras. There will be music, too, on Friday, July 19 at 1 PM. The show repeats on Sunday, July 21 at 1 PM. 

A year has passed since double bassist Gaelen McCormick sat down with Julia Figueras to talk about being afflicted with Bilateral Meniere's Disease, her loss of hearing because of it, and how she was coping with what Gaelen called her super power. A lot has transpired for Gaelen in the last 12 months, and as the next chapter in her new life unfolds, we asked Gaelen to share.

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.