By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
Do you plan your daily activities around your organ practice? Even though you might have a different profession, does playing this instrument is high on your priority list, maybe high enough to influence some of your choices?
It seems like this is the case with Arnoldas Leleika, the member of our Unda Maris studio who studies chemistry at Vilnius University. Here's what he wrote:
"This year was very special to me because I entered the university, met a lot of new people and expanded my cultural and artistic horizons. It's a little secret but before choosing Vilnius University, I went to Cultural Center's website and saw that they have an organ studio. Because I'm an amateur organist who used to play in his little town during church services, I thought that this studio would give me a lot and my choice to study at Vilnius University was in part based on my wish to participate in the Unda Maris organ studio. My dream has paid off. When I played during the graduation ceremony, it was like my recognition that I really can play the organ. This inspired me to play even better. And our final concert on Saturday showed that the people at the university are not only smart but also very talented. I want to thank Vidas and Ausra for leading us on this musical discovery path and giving a special chance to get better. I want to also thank Giedre. One day I was thinking that alone we can play quite well but when we join the forces together it seems like everything doubles and music starts to sound differently. I hope in the next year we can keep the level quite high and even more strive for perfection because only the sky is the limit. :)"
I hope you will enjoy this video how Arnoldas is playing Gordon Young Prelude in the Classical Style.
His dedication to the organ is amazing, even though his profession is entirely different.
To Arnoldas and Giedre's credit I have to say they both will represent Unda Maris next September in the Freshmen Integration Week at the university where they will share their experiences of being a part of our community to the young people of various majors who are just beginning their studies there. Hopefully this will inspire a few more students to start playing the organ.
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