Singer, violinist, & transgender activist

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Vocalist, violinist, entrepreneur, and teacher Tona Brown has an international performance career throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as a violinist and mezzo-soprano. Ms. Brown is also an advocate for transgender issues in the arts, often speaking and performing at colleges and universities.

She is the first transgender woman of color to perform the National Anthem for a sitting President at the LGBT Leadership Gala Dinner for former President Barack Obama at the Sheraton in NYC. She is also the first transgender woman to headline at Carnegie Hall in a program of African-American composers with an all-inclusive LGBT cast of performers. 


Her presence was energetic, welcoming, and just a joy to be around. She developed immediate on-screen chemistry with the moderator and thoroughly engaged audience members, ensuring every voice in the room was important to the discussion.