By Gabe Troiano
Furman University faculty, staff and students who are involved in the music department pride themselves in having a rigorous schedule, excellence towards performing, and devotion towards individual or ensemble goals. One of these bright students is Jesse Pilz, a sophomore music performance major, with a focus on violin performance. Pilz’s passion for performing and sharing his love for music has inspired many people around Furman’s campus.
Although focusing in violin Pilz has also played the oboe and viola during high school, which has fostered an appreciation for different styles and techniques. Pilz plays with the Furman symphonic orchestra, an organization that performs pieces from various classical composers.
This summer, Pilz plans to work with various music festivals with a specific focus on solo performance. One important distinction of his quest towards a solo career is his preference for performing over composing, two very different areas in the classical and modern musical fields.
Many people may wonder why students such as Pilz take on the challenge of being a music major. The music performance degrees require more credit hours than most major programs, ranging from a rigorous class schedule to required ensemble participation in addition to the general education requirements.
Despite the challenge, Pilz finds that pursuing a bachelor of music “makes me feel alive and it increases my self-confidence.”
Pilz’s ultimate dream is to become a teacher at a professional music institution.
“It would be great to share my love and knowledge for music with other aspiring musicians and to be able to see them make it for themselves,” Pilz said.
Even though four years may seem like a long time, it can pass by very quickly and it is our duty to make to make sure that we become in touch with our deepest and most sincere desires while we still have the chance. Whether playing violin or researching in a biology lab, whatever your passion is, share it with the world and get enjoyment out of what you do.
“The most important thing is to take pride in what you do and do it because you love it,” Pilz said.