The Wharton Performing Arts School in Berkeley Heights presented a day of recitals by students of all ages and instruments on Sunday, February 4 where 35 students performing flute, piano, violin, cello, guitar, saxophone, musical theater, and voice had the chance to delight an audience of close to a hundred enthusiastic listeners in four concerts throughout the day. Plainfield resident Gail Bayse, who has studied cello at the Performing Arts School for five years, performed on three of the four Super Recital Sunday concerts. Bayse was introduced to the cello in grade school and went on to complete an undergraduate degree in vocal music education. She taught K-12 vocal music for two years, but always regrets the day that she gave up the cello. She didn’t realize there was a venue for adult music studies.
Fast forward to almost six years ago when Bayse was awarded a ten-year tenure bonus from the company she worked for at the time, and after having a conversation with a Berkeley Heights resident and friend who suggested she look into adult study at Wharton, she used the bonus to rent a cello and sign up for a year of private lessons at the Performing Arts School. Today, Bayse works at a Japanese bank in New York City as an Internal Information Technology Auditor, assuring the confidentiality, integrity, availability of her company’s systems and data.
Says Bayse, “As you might imagine, the audit profession is fairly routine and does not encourage creativity. Cello is my escape from the mundane. As an adult, it is the one part of my life that I do for me. No one pays me to do it; no one depends on me to do it; I do not get graded on it; no one demands that I get in my practice time. It is literally and figuratively my “play” time. I commute on average four hours a day to get to work. Between my commute, my work life, and my responsibilities at home, I tuck in as much practice time as I can. This is often late night and it is quite relaxing. Saturday and Sunday mornings, before weekly errands, are also “cello-time.” I loved Super Recital Sunday. We do not often get to hear other areas of study that Wharton offers—I can’t remember the last time I heard a saxophone soloist or a budding vocalist accompanying himself. It was very encouraging.”
Adds Bayse, “Super Recital Sunday was also scheduled the week before our winter cello recital. I was able to play multiple times and am hopeful that it tames my performance jitters for the upcoming recital!”
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