Music is a family affair for Janet Gorton who has been playing the violin for more than 30 years and joined the OKC PHIL during the 1990/91 season.
Her father, Irvin Wagner, has always been her greatest musical influence. She considers him a master of playing and teaching and he has always inspired her to keep playing. However, Gorton started on her instrument because her older sister, Brenda Wagner, also played violin. Brenda is also a member of the OKC PHIL violin section.
When it comes to music, Gorton loves Tchaikovsky. She believes his melodies are gorgeous and some of her top musical memories come from playing his works. While she loves all kinds of music, and truly enjoys playing the Pops series, she most enjoys returning to the Classics series each year with favorites like The Planets, Enigma Variations, Capriccio Espagnole, and Scheherazade.
Gorton has degrees in French, German, and Business and even has a master's degree in German Literature. Aside from playing with the OKC PHIL and having played with the East Texas Symphony, Gorton has been teaching French since 1991.
Due to her love of languages, Gorton has studied abroad, traveled, and lived in Paris, France, Salzburg, Austria and Munich, Germany.