Mailman, Martin (1932-2000) | Special Collections of the ODU Libraries
Dr. Martin S. Mailman (1932-2000) was born on June 30, 1932 in New York City. He served on the College of Music faculty at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas for thirty-four years as the Coordinator of Composition, Regents Professor of Music, and Composer in Residence. He served for two years in the United States Navy, was a Ford Foundation composer in Jacksonville, Florida, and was the first Composer in Residence at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.
A composition student of Louis Mennini, Wayne Barlow, Bernard Rogers, and Howard Hanson, he earned his B.M., M.M., and Ph.D. degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. He was among the first of contemporary American composers chosen in 1959 to participate in The Young Composers Project sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the National Music Council. Dr. Mailman received numerous awards and grants for composition, which include two American Bandmasters Association/Ostwald prizes for composition, the National Band Association/Band Mans Company prize for composition, and the Edward Benjamin Award. He won the 1982 Queen Marie-Jose Prize for composition in Geneva, Switzerland for his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Variations). His works include chamber music, band, choral, and orchestral music, film scores, television music, an opera, and a requiem for chorus, orchestra, and soloists. A frequently sought-after clinician and teacher, Dr. Mailman served as guest conductor-composer at more than ninety colleges and universities across the United States and Europe. The impact of his music, teaching, and career is immeasurable, and he is widely regarded as one of America's finest composers.
He was a leader in promoting comprehensive musicianship programs through MENC throughout his career and gave presentations at conventions and schools across the country. Instead of featuring his own music, he always focused on music in general and the impact it has on students and professionals alike. He was particularly intrigued by the compositional process and the concept of music as "sound with intent over time".
He was a member and active supporter of ASCAP, MENC, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, the American Bandmasters Association, TUBA, and Sigma Alpha Iota (National Arts Associate).
Some of his many works for band include Geometrics 1 for Band, Op. 22; Concertino for Trumpet and Band, Op. 31; Liturgical Music for Band, Op. 33; A Simple Ceremony: In Memoriam John Barnes Chance, Op. 53; Night Vigil, Op. 66; Exaltations, Op. 67; The Jewel in the Crown, Op. 78; For precious friends hid in death's dateless night, Op. 80; Toward the Second Century, Op. 82; Concertino for Clarinet and Band, Op. 83; Bouquets, Op. 87; Concerto for Wind Orchestra (Variations), Op. 89; Secular Litanies, Op. 90; and Pledges, Op. 98.