Megan Gorog’s recital is an emotional tribute to music education

By Hannah Newman

Megan Gorog has the ‘music bug’. With two music teachers for parents and two sisters who studied music, it would be hard for her to miss out. Now in her senior year of college, she pays tribute to the years she has spent learning and loving music through her violin recital.

Gorog, a graduate of higher music education, has been playing the violin since she was seven years old and hasn’t put it down since. When she was in high school, she decided she wanted to teach music like her parents and declared her major in music education.

Her college journey was a time of tremendous growth and learning. Her advisor, Prof. Carlos Elias, has been working with her for the past three and a half years to help her master her craft. When Gorog began choosing music for her senior recital, she took advice from both professors and friends.

Pieces range from classical to baroque and romantic. Some were long-time favorites and others were chosen as a nod to the teachers and friends she made in the Cedarville music department. Two of them were collaborative with other music students.

“I played Mozart because my teacher loves Mozart,” Megan said, referring to her advisor Prof. Carlos Elias, who recommended she play the exquisite Violin Sonata No. 18 in G Major.

“I decided to do ‘Fantaisie’ with Emma because she’s a really, really good friend of mine,” Meghan said, referring to her friend Emma Ross, with whom they played Camille Saint-Saëns’ Fantaisie for Violin and Harp.

“We did a sophomore recital together, and I thought it would be great if we could do another big thing together.” The two instruments, Megan on violin and Emma on harp, perform a call-and-response with each other. The playful, mysterious piece is a nod to the complementary sounds of the two instruments and the friendship between the two students.

Other works chosen for the recital include selections from Parita No. 3 in E Major, a series of dance pieces written by Bach. This suite ranges in tone from sad and contemplative to lively and joyful, definitely something that made me want to tap my toes.

“Sonata for Violin Op. 45 no. 3 in C minor” is a dramatic and captivating piece from the Romantic period written by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Gorog and piano pedagogy student Abigail Lilith played the emotional and dramatic sonata together on stage, switching between lively sections that blended in the middle, which sounded almost like heavy breathing. Gorog likened the sonata to a “pleasant memory” that is both calm and passionate.

The sonata is definitely emotional and the changing mood was a challenge for Megan to master, but the most challenging piece so far is the one she decided to play before coming to college.

“Zigeunerweisen” is a work by Pablo de Sarasate that has fascinated Gorog for many years. The fast-paced, incredibly fiery track takes its sound from Hungarian folk music and moves between incredibly high notes and low, strumming harmonies that draw the audience in almost magnetically.

“When I decided I wanted to do ‘Zigeunerweisen,’ it was way out of my league,” Megan said. “But Prof. Elias said, ‘We’ll see.’ You can try. And then when I committed to doing it, he was very, very encouraging. And even though it wasn’t performed at the highest level, he was still very, very proud that I actually did it.

Megan first heard the song in a community orchestra in New Mexico and decided she would play it one day. Now, in her senior year of college, she performed it in front of an audience. Achieving this goal is a huge step for Gorog and beautifully showcases the growth and support she has experienced throughout her years of training.

Hannah Newman is a senior broadcasting and digital media major with a focus on writing. He likes to drink tea, read old books and argue with his friends about movies.

Image courtesy of Megan Gorog

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