Music Lessons in Centerbrook, CT

Congratulations to pianist Karl Schilling, winner of the Spring 2024 Carolyn Greenleaf Scholarship Award!

Karl Schilling is a junior at Westbrook High School and has been a student at CMS since age 3, participating in various programs with Nancy Thomas and studying piano for 11 years, primarily with Tom Briggs. Outside of CMS, he has played Alto Sax since 4th grade, plays in the Westbrook High School Jazz and Concert Bands, and performed this fall in the 22nd Annual Shoreline Music Festival Honors Concert Band. Beyond music, Karl is a member of the National Honor Society, Robotics Club, tennis team and Quiz Bowl. He volunteers at the CT River Museum, works at Big Y, and is an avid skipper of a Catalina 22 sailboat. Karl comments: “The Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Music Award presents a pivotal opportunity for me to advance my musical ambitions and refine my musical skills. It will continue to fuel my passion and appreciation for music training and performance, propelling me further on my musical journey. I hope to continue playing piano in college and throughout life.” Congratulations Karl!

These awards honor the memory of Carolyn Greenleaf, a resident of Essex who was passionate about music education and who worked tirelessly to promote music in our communities. The Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Award Committee partnered with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County to award (by audition) up to two half-tuition scholarships each semester to High School students residing in Middlesex County or the Lyme, to support private lesson study at CMS.


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