For Isabelle Mailman — a sophomore at Wayne Valley Excessive Faculty and a tenor saxophonist and alto saxophonist — music has provided solace, consolation and even hope for higher days in the course of the pandemic.
Mailman is the 2021 recipient of the Senior Division Hanover Wind Symphony music scholarship, and plans to make use of her scholarship award this summer time to pay for personal saxophone classes. Two years in the past, she gained the Junior Division HWS scholarship as properly.
Final yr, Mailman participated within the Wayne Valley Marching Band (her second yr), the Wayne Valley Symphonic Band, and the Wayne Valley Jazz Band. She factors out, “I knew that at any second an individual may check optimistic for COVID-19 and this system can be shut down. This sense, though dreadful, made the music I created with my friends all of the extra significant.”
Trying again on this era, Mailman recollects, “I lately underwent a self-isolation quarantine attributable to a attainable publicity. I spent 10 days sequestered in my own residence with a view to preserve my household protected. Listening to music and taking part in the saxophone turned comforting and a few of the highlights of my day. Whereas dwelling by means of a pandemic is actually not pleasant, on the optimistic facet, I’ve gained a newfound enthusiasm for music.”
Michele Hughes of Whippany, Mailman’s personal saxophone trainer, says of her scholar, “Isabelle is a very smart and delicate musician. Her technical abilities and dedication to the saxophone (alto and tenor) is inspiring to all who hear her play. Isabelle can also be a mature and intuitive participant, simply transitioning from taking part in essentially the most stunning, melodic strains to attacking a quick, technically troublesome repertoire. Isabelle has a ardour for each classical repertoire and jazz music. Her innate sense of musicianship, phrasing and maturity are evident in her taking part in. She is happy to be performing with the Hanover Wind Symphony.”
This spring, Mailman competed within the Arts Ed NJ solo competitors. She earned an ideal rating on her tenor sax solo, and earned the best score on the alto sax solo as properly. Isabelle was considered one of solely eight college students within the state to attain the best musical score on two devices. She can be advancing to the state finals later this month.
Gail Lalk of Morristown, HWS French horn participant and chair of the HWS Scholarship Committee, stated, “We’re very happy to pick Isabelle as our scholarship recipient this yr. The truth that she is the primary individual to return to us as a Senior Division award winner after being chosen as a Junior Division winner speaks to the truth that the scholarship is now well-established. Isabelle brings super poise to her taking part in and he or she was formidable sufficient to audition on two devices, which was spectacular. We’re trying ahead to having her carry out with us subsequent season.”
Len Stern of Kinnelon, HWS treasurer and clarinetist, and a member of the HWS Scholarship Committee, added, “Isabelle’s taking part in was fantastic to start out with, however her tone on the tenor saxophone was unbelievable.”
Dr. William Trusheim of West Milford, president of HWS and a member of the Scholarship Committee, famous, “We proceed to be lucky, even on this pandemic, to have the ability to discover gifted instrumentalists who need to additional their musicianship by means of our scholarship program. For the previous two years, now we have needed to depend on Zoom as a method to safely audition candidates for our scholarship. Whereas it might have been good to satisfy these younger musicians in individual, this different has allowed us to pick worthy winners for our scholarship. This yr is not any exception. Isabelle Mailman is not any exception. We’re glad to have the ability to help her continued musical development with our scholarship.”
The Hanover Wind Symphony is an orchestra made up solely of woodwind, brass and percussion devices that’s “dedicated to mentoring the subsequent era of wind musicians.”