So please remind us all where you're from, what year in school you are, what are your instruments or voice type, and also tell us a little bit about your favorite composers or musicians, and what you're most interested in, or excited about, learning this week.
As for me - I grew up not too far from here, in Taylorville Illinois (which is no relation to my last name); I've been a professor here at Illinois since 2001. I play piano, but I also used to play bass and French horn; these days I also conduct various ensembles. Lately I've been pretty interested in sonification, or using music and sound to represent data. You can check some of this out here - www.stephenandrewtaylor.net/genetics.html.
Favorite composers - I have lots! Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Georg Friedrich Haas, Charles Ives, Conlon Nancarrow, plus all the classics - especially Beethoven these days. I work quite a bit with Pink Martini and the rock singer Storm Large, doing their orchestral arrangements - they just played last month with the Chicago Symphony, which was very exciting.