The Board of Trustees of Essex Winter Series is pleased to announce that Catherine Malli of Chester is the recipient of the 2019 Francis Bealey Memorial Scholarship. The Francis Bealey Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior of Valley Regional High School (VRHS) who will be studying music in college. The generous scholarship provides $1,000 for each year of study, for a total of $4,000. The Scholarship was established in 1995 after the passing of Essex Winter Series board president Francis Bealey to honor his commitment to music and arts education.
Catherine is the daughter of Jason and Deborah Malli and plans to attend the Hartt School of Music to study music education, and was inspired by her father, aunt and uncles to follow this path. “Being born into a very musical family has influenced my desire to pursue a career in music,” says Catherine. “I admire all that they have accomplished.” A 2019 graduate of VRHS, Catherine has played the fife, clarinet, and saxophone was a member of the Women’s Choir, Madrigals, and Jazz Band. She is also self-taught on the guitar, ukulele, and piano. She and her family are very involved in fife and drum parades and musters, as well.
We wish Catherine much success in her college career!