By Mindy Cabral, The Magazine of Santa Clarita, September 2014 issue
Trinity Catlin has been a music student at Little School of Music since she was 6 years old. She is a serious music student with very ambitious goals. Her delightful personality and musical talents set her apart from the rest. This past May, Trinity received the Little School of Music “Student of the Year Award” among many other high honors in music.
Trinity is a well-rounded student and musician. She plays trumpet, piano, guitar, sings, and is a member of the Little School of Music Jam Band and the SCVYO. Last spring she earned the “Outstanding Musician Award” at the Super Jazz Festival at West Ranch High School and participated in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (RCM). She received “First Class Honors with Distinction” and the highest score in California for her Trumpet performance and musicianship skills. She also received high honor awards for piano, voice, and music theory in the RCM program.
“I am proud of all of the things I have accomplished so far, but the most impactful was Carnegie Hall. Getting the highest score in RCM was a big deal too!” says Catlin who recently traveled to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall for the second time with C Notes, her school choir.
“Everything about music brings me joy, but the feeling of accomplishment you get when you have mastered a piece of music is the most rewarding. I know I worked for it, and I earned it for myself. I get to enjoy that moment again and again, every time I play that piece.”
This summer Trinity was accepted to the Idyllwild Summer Music Camp. “This was one of the greatest, experiences of my life. It was very intense, like music boot-camp and showed me what is takes to be a musician, on a small scale.”
A natural leader, friendly, and optimistic, Trinity enjoys sharing music with others throughout the community. She is the Historian for the Music Student Service League and volunteers her time to bring music to the people in Santa Clarita Valley. She will be performing next at the Michael Hoefflin Foundation “An Evening Under the Stars” event on September 13th to help raise money for children with cancer.
What advice does this 13-year-old have for new beginning students? “Practice. Even when you don’t want to necessarily continue with music, keep pushing a little more and you may find you still love it and want to keep on going.”
Copyright 2014 Mindy Cabral