HWS Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners

HWS Announces 2019 Summer Music Scholarship Winners

The Hanover Wind Symphony (HWS) is proud to award scholarships to two outstanding candidates this year:  Evelyn Tomaro in the senior division and Isabelle Mailman in the junior division. This is in line with our mission to support aspiring instrumentalists. Evelyn and Isabelle each gave an excellent audition and each one has a bright future in music.

Evelyn Tomaro, a 10th grader at Chatham High School, plays oboe, English horn, piano, flute and clarinet. She will be using her scholarship to attend the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont this summer to continue studying the oboe.

The 16-year-old said, “From the age of three, when I walked up to my mom’s old upright piano, music has been there for me. It lifts my spirits on a rainy day, connects me with others, and is my way of life. When I’m old, I know I will still play the piano and the oboe. If I get too old to move, I know music will be in my bones.”

Evelyn has been a member of the New York Youth Symphony, the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the Kean University Wind Ensemble, the Chatham High School Marching Band, and the Chatham High School Jazz Band. She has accompanied school choral concerts on the piano since she was in the third grade. She has also performed three times at Carnegie Hall in New York as part of a piano competition.

Saxophone player Isabelle Mailman, an 8th grader at George Washington Middle School in Wayne plays both tenor and alto saxophone. She will be using her scholarship to attend the 26th Annual Jazz Workshop at William Paterson University this summer.

An avid musician, Isabelle finds that music enhances her life in myriad ways. “To me, music is simply magical,” says the 13-year-old scholarship winner. “I have journeyed so far down the path of music that it has become an essential part of my life. As a form of communication, it has become as organic and elemental to me as speaking. Music is something that I just cannot live without.”

Besides the Hanover Wind Symphony scholarship, Isabelle also won the Chuck Sastre Memorial Award for musical excellence in 2016. The honoree has been first chair, tenor saxophone, with the Symphonic Winds Orchestra–Northern New Jersey and the Concert Band–Northern New Jersey.

HWS is working to make this scholarship program self-sustaining through donations. Donations to the Hanover Wind Symphony Summer Music Scholarship Program can be made by clicking here. Or donations may be mailed to Hanover Wind Symphony, P.O. Box 100, Whippany, NJ 07981. Checks should be made payable to the Hanover Wind Symphony with “Scholarship Fund” in the memo line. Inquiries about the scholarship program may be emailed to info@hanoverwinds.org.