Bebhinn Egger performs with classmate Kristina Landis during 2009 Baccalaureate.
Music Alumni: Bebhinn Egger
Integration of Music into Life’s Faith, Goals, & Ideals
Bebhinn Egger, EMU class of 2009
My time at EMU has challenged me to grow as a musician in many different ways. The faculty here have taught me so much – from music theory and history, to making music become a deeper part of my being, or simply how to take a bow on stage. Most specifically, I feel that I have grown so much as a violinist by spending these last four years with Joan Griffing.
My horizons have been broadened by being able to play in several different settings, including in a pit orchestra for a musical, a string quartet at a local jail, as soloist with the EMU Chamber Orchestra, and many other opportunities. My abilities on the violin have increased immensely during my time here due to both the excellent teaching and the wonderful atmosphere that is provided at EMU.
By being in a place which both worships God and cherishes music, I am reminded daily – simply by the example of others – that our musical talents are meant to be used as instruments of God’s glory. Playing music for God – and only God – is the most powerful type of prayer I have experienced yet, and EMU has been a place where I can live that prayer every day.
I’ve always enjoyed playing the violin and making music, but my time at EMU has solidified the fact that music will always be a central part of my life. My goal has always been to be joyful and to share that joy with others, and now music has given me a means to accomplish that goal.
Music at EMU has taught me the importance of connecting with others. To me, this is one of the most valuable things to be learned in life. We’re not on this journey alone, but we must find concrete ways in which to reach out to others. Music, as they say, is the universal language. Thanks to EMU, I don’t think music could ever be uprooted from my life at this point!
As of right now, I am hoping to pursue a master’s degree in violin performance and to continue teaching Suzuki violin lessons. Sharing the joy of music with children and helping them develop a way to bring their own music into the world is something I don’t think I will ever tire of.