11th Grader Wins First Hanover Wind Symphony Summer Music Camp Scholarship
As part of its mission to mentor the next generation of wind musicians, the renowned Hanover Wind Symphony has presented its first Summer Music Camp Scholarship to 17-year-old Christopher Mantell of Randolph, an outstanding alto saxophonist. He will attend the Rutgers Symphonic Wind Band & Chamber Music Camp this summer and will give a solo performance with the Hanover Wind Symphony in the fall of 2017.
Gail Lalk of Morristown, chair of the Hanover Wind Symphony Scholarship Committee, said the scholarship was designed to give young musicians an opportunity to bolster their skills. "Scholarship applicants had to demonstrate previous talent and future interest in performing," she says, adding that the Hanover Wind Symphony has launched a fund-raising drive for next year's scholarship.
Mantell, a junior at Randolph High School, has*been studying the saxophone for seven years, taking private lessons with his older brother, Ryan Mantell, a graduate student in saxophone performance at Rutgers University. Speaking about his brother, Christopher Mantell says, "He got me where I am now because of his dedication to always push me to be a better musician."
Christopher Mantell is looking forward to the Rutgers Symphonic Wind Band & Chamber Music Camp, noting that he hopes to "gain a greater knowledge of myself as a musician ad a greater understanding of the saxophone from Dr. Paul Cohen. I also hope to gain greater musical experience from playing in more intimate chamber ensembles, such as saxophone quartets." The camp is located at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick.
Dawn D. Russo, director of bands at Randolph High School, points out, "Chris is a very hardworking musician and is a strong member of the RHS band program." The scholarship winner is a member of the school's Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble, and the Marching Rams. He has also performed with the North Jersey Area Band Wind Ensemble, the Region I Wind Ensemble and the Ridgewood Concert Band, a highlevel adult band.
Mantell plans to attend college in pursuit of a degree in music education and saxophone performance. "I hope to also receive a master's degree at some point and possibly a doctoral degree," he notes. "I aspire to become a great saxophone performer, as well as a high school music educator or a collegiate saxophone professor."
He continues, "Being the recipient of the Hanover Wind Symphony Summer Music Camp Scholarship is an absolute honor and privilege. I am extremely excited to be able to perform a concerto with the Hanover Wind Symphony, as it will be another great musical opportunity for me that will expand my experience as a musician."
Hanover Wind Symphony Scholarship Committee members include Gail Lalk, committee chair, plus Aldo Cugnini of Long Valley, Betty Peters of Lake Hopatcong, Len Stem of Kinneion, Ed Abelew of Cedar Knolls, Dru Gaffney of Succasunna, Matthew Paterno of Parsippany, and Kurt Zimmermann of Rockaway.
Donations to the Hanover Wind Symphony Scholarship Program may be mailed to Hanover Wind Symphony, P.0. Box 100, Whippany, NJ 07981. Checks should be made out to Hanover Wind Symphony with "Scholarship Fund" in the memo line. Inquiries about the scholarship program may be emailed to info@hanoverwinds .org.