Sphinx Symphony Dr. Eric W. Ayers Chair Sphinx Virtuosi Sphinx Competition 2005 Junior Division semi-finalist - age 17 2004 Junior Division semi-finalist - age 16
Violinist Isabel Escalante started her musical training at the age of 6 at El Conservatorio de Carabobo in Venezuela. In 2003, she was granted a full scholarship to continue her studies at the University of Southern Mississippi where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in music. She has received honors in several competitions including 3rd place in the Emil Friedman Violin Competition and 1st place in the 2007 William T. Gower Competition. She has been a semifinalist in the Sphinx Competition and the Lennox International Young Artist Competition. Ms. Escalante made her solo debut at age 9 with the Carabobo Youth Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist with the University of Southern Mississippi Orchestra.
As an orchestra musician, Ms. Escalante has been a member of numerous Gulf Coast’s orchestras such as Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. This year, she joined the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra for their 2010-2011 season. She was a member of the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra in their Inaugural National Tour in 2008 and their second tour in 2009.
As a music educator; Ms. Escalante was one of the founding teachers of the Baton Rouge Children’s Charter School string program in 2009. She has also been an ongoing member of the Institute of Musicianship and Public Service since its inauguration as well as a member of the 2010 National Dalcroze Conference held in Cambridge, MA. She has taught violin at the Gulf Port High School in Biloxi, MS and privately. Currently, Ms. Escalante is teaching strings in the JPS elementary schools as part of the Mississippi Symphony Educational Program.