March 27, 2009
Transition prepares musician for future
Originally, Gonzalez was a music education major.
Because he wants to focus more on performing, he said that he changed his major to vocal performance.
His hopes for teaching music linger, however.
Gonzalez said that after graduating from Susquehanna, he plans to attend graduate school to further his musical education.
"Ultimately," Gonzalez said, "I would love to teach music at the college level."
Gonzalez is a member of the Susquehanna Chamber Singers and the assistant choir manager of Susquehanna's choir. Gonzalez said that these ensembles are very important to him.
He said, "I always look forward to rehearsals and concerts because I have a lot of fun making music with my colleagues."
From Newberrytown, Gonzalez sought out Susque-hanna for its highly-regarded music department.
Gonzalez now sees first hand how great the department really is.
Susquehanna's choir goes on a tour every year to different locations throughout the country. Gonzalez said, "I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to perform with the Master-works Choir at Carnegie Hall last year, and that is something I will never forget."
The different tours Gonzalez has participated in allow him to expand his musical horizons, thanks to the success of Susquehanna's music department.
In high school, Gonzalez was in a band that played in coffeehouses, bars and an assortment of other locations.
He enjoys performing both classical music and pop music.
Since coming to Susquehanna, Gonzalez said he has developed a passion for music of the Romantic Era.
Being a vocal performance major, Gonzalez is able to study the classical music he enjoys in his classes.
"I can also enjoy rock music on a more casual basis," Gonzalez said. One of his favorite bands is Coldplay, who he is going to see perform over the summer.
According to Gonzalez, the biggest challenge he faced was the transition from the mindset of a high school student to that of a college student.
College requires a higher level of thinking [...] and sometimes it seems like there is always more work to be done," Gonzalez said.
"I had to get into the habit of doing consistent work and thinking on a more intellectual level," he added.
Outside of the music building, Gonzalez enjoys many other activities and classes. He said that one of his most enjoyable classes is dramatic literature with Erik Viker, assistant professor of theatre.
"Reading the dramatic texts," Gonzalez said, "from an analytical point of view has been a lot of fun."
Gonzalez said he also enjoys baseball and golf when he is not doing schoolwork or at rehearsal.
"I am a huge fan of the Baltimore Orioles," Gonzalez said.
In addition to going to a few Orioles games every season, Gonzalez plays a few rounds of golf to relax.
He picked it up in middle school, and has been interested since.
Gonzalez said that he is looking toward a future in both vocal performance and music education and that he feels Susquehanna is preparing him very well for his future.