CENTERBROOK - The selection committee for the Carolyn R. Greenleaf Memorial Fund of Community Music School has chosen vocalists Catherine Malli and Isaac Manfull as the recipients of the Fall 2018 Carolyn R. Greenleaf Music Award. This award is given each semester to two high school students who have demonstrated exceptional musical ability and motivation, and awards 50% of tuition for a semester of private lessons at Community Music School in Centerbrook. Catherine has chosen to study with CMS vocal instructor Amy Buckley and Isaac has chosen to study with CMS vocal instructor Joni Gage.
Catherine Malli is a senior at Valley Regional High School and has been singing for as long as she can remember. Also a clarinetist, saxophonist, and fifer, Catherine participates in the school's band, jazz band, chorus, and select choirs. She has been selected for CMEA, three times as an alto for chorus and once for clarinet. In addition, Catherine has represented Valley Regional in All-State choral ensembles in addition to Shoreline Music Festival and NEMFA twice each for voice. Catherine has been in the Women's Select Ensemble for all 4 years at Valley and the Madrigal Select Choir for three years. At St. Mark Church in Westbrook, Catherine is a cantor. She plans to enter college next fall for music education and voice.
Isaac Manfull is 17 years old and a senior at Nathan Hale-Ray High School in East Haddam, Connecticut. Isaac has been singing in school since third grade and began voice lessons at the Community Music School last spring. In school, Isaac performs in the Concert Band on the bassoon, in the Jazz Band as the pianist, and in the Concert Choir and Select Choir as a Tenor. Outside of music, Isaac is an Eagle Scout and serves as an officer in his school's Drama Club, National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapters, among multiple other clubs and activities. In his High School Drama Productions, he has been in many roles including George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life" and Lumiere in "Beauty and the Beast," both of which earned him a total of 3 HALO Award nominations at the 2018 CT HALO Award Ceremony. After high school, Isaac intends to pursue a degree in Music Education.
The Carolyn R. Greenleaf Memorial Fund was established at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County in 2008 by her friends to honor Greenleaf’s dedication to music and education. The Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Music Award is open to students of Middlesex County and the Lymes and is awarded twice a year, based entirely on merit.
Community Music School is an independent, nonprofit school which provides a full range of the finest possible instruction and musical opportunities to persons of all ages and abilities, increasing appreciation of music and encouraging a sense of joy in learning and performing, thus enriching the life of the community.
Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County. Working with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments since 1997, the Community Foundation has provided 850 grants totaling more than $2.5 million to organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities, environmental improvements, and for health and human services.