Madeleine Albanese- Artist of the Week
The Lady Woodwinds of Rye High School
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Madeleine Albanese is a senior who has been playing her clarinet since the summer of fourth grade. She is a musician in the Rye High School band and orchestra with an extraordinary music talent.
“Originally I wanted to play the saxophone because I wanted to be like Lisa Simpson,” she said. “But you had to take clarinet first because you have to get acquainted with the fingering. When you’re young, your hands aren’t big enough to play the saxophone. I then came to realize that I really liked the clarinet. It was more of my instrument. Helped me find my voice.”
Thanks to private tutoring lessons, Madeleine puts effort everyday to practice and improve on every piece. She was chosen several times to play in the Parson Street Player’s plays and musicals.
“Musicals were my favorite to perform throughout high school,” Madeleine said. “The first show that I did was Anything Goes and I just thought that was so amazing just learning the entire music for a whole show. I played the clarinet and the saxophone. I had to switch back and forth so that was a fun experience playing both at once. I did the same thing for Shrek. For Fiddler, I just played the clarinet but Fiddler I think was probably my favorite show because there was such a variety of like styles within a style. You have slow, beautiful pieces and then these fast crazy pieces that are so much fun.”
Band teacher Dr. Dan Brown said, “Madeleine is our best clarinetist in the high school. She is very disciplined, hard worker and really takes seriously the responsibilities of working on her music and learning it not just in terms of technical aspects but also in the musical aspects. In fact, a great example of that would be when we did Fiddler on the Roof this year with the pit orchestra. She had to play music for this wedding scene and had to sound pretty much like a traditional wedding band. You can tell that she really listened to it because she got inside the style. Not only could she play it technically really well but it really sounded just like an actual wedding. I was very impressed with her musical ability and also the expression that she brought to it.”