About Pax Ressler

Pax Ressler (they/she) is a Philadelphia-based artist, working at the intersection of theatre and music, as well as the intersection of arts and advocacy. They are a member of Actors’ Equity Association and work as a creator, performer, music director, composer, designer and educator at Philadelphia Theatre companies, including Arden Theatre Company, Bearded Ladies Cabaret, FringeArts, Nicole Canuso Dance Company, People’s Light, Theatre Exile, Theatre Horizon, Simpatico Theatre, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Wilma Theater, 11th Hour, 1812 Productions and more. Pax is a gardener of community-focused projects, including Rise Choir and Genderfunk Philly. To see more of what Pax has been working on, visit the Project History tab.

Change, an album of queer and trans* love songs, is now available on Bandcamp.

Pax’s compositions have been performed across the nation and internationally. Her compositions were heard in the Barrymore Award-winning Contradict This! A Birthday Funeral for Heroes with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret on Cherry Street Pier in Philly and La Mama in New York City. Pax recently performed their original music at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum with John Jarboe for Rose: You Are Who You Eat. They graduated from Goshen College, having completed studies in music education, composition and theatre. While at Goshen College, she studied composition with celebrated composers Lee Dengler and Jorge Muñiz. To hear examples of Pax’s compositions, visit the Listen & LookComposition History and Repertoire tabs.

Pax is the Director of Music at Tabernacle United Church, a progressive Christian community at 37th and Chestnut in West Philadelphia. They also maintain a private vocal lesson studio for adults and children in a variety of musical styles. If you or a loved one is interested in vocal lessons, please contact Pax at paxressler@gmail.com or by using the Contact tab.

Pax is a passionate advocate and organizer of the non-binary and trans community in Philly and a gardener of the Genderfunk Philly Instagram (@genderfunkphilly), a virtual Rolodex featuring Philly’s trans and non-binary theatre talent. Making music for queer, transgender, and non-binary communities has been a central inspiration for Pax’s work as a singer-songwriter and recording artist. In 2014, she released an album entitled Stand By Me: Hymns of Hope & Healing. In 2017, Pax collaborated with Sam Congdon to release an EP of non-binary love songs entitled In the Eyes, which inspired the full-length acoustic and electric albums for Change, which were released in November of 2020. They are now working on an album based on their dreams.

Do you have an idea for an original piece of music? To get started or gather inspiration, please visit the Commission a New Work tab. To contact Pax, please visit the Contact tab.

Use the following links to visit Pax’s pages on Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp. You can also find Pax’s music on any streaming service.


Other Projects:

Rise Choir (cropped)

Pax is the gardener of Rise Choir, a collective of singers invigorating community spaces with joy.

The Genderfunk Philly Instagram, featuring trans & non-binary theatre talent in Philadelphia.

Art Isn’t Easy is a parody/comedy video series about the trials and triumphs of being an artist.

Monday Night Airwaves is a vocal band in three-part harmony, singing soul-stirring music.

A Howlround article about Philly’s non-binary community and Twelfth Night.

One thought on “About Pax Ressler

  1. Thanks, Pax, for the Facebook post naming Chris and me in your acknowledgements. We are proud to know you and thankful for our experiences together. Congratulations on your website and best wishes for it! Looks great! I was pleased to see “Ave Maria” as part of the design. If I can help you via Camerata Press, let me know. Recently posted there are Brooks Gingerich’s TTBB arr. of J. Randall Zercher’s hymn “I bind my heart this tide” and an original piece, “O come, let us sing to the Lord,” that I wrote when I was your age and on the faculty at EMC(U).

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