Wilton teen finds passion in music

For 16-year-old Wilton resident Caitlin Gilroy, music is a long-time passion.

“I have always loved performing and singing,” said Caitlin, a junior at the private Hopkins School in New Haven.

Caitlin started playing the piano at the age of six and recently got a guitar for her birthday.

“The type of music I play depends on what instrument is accompanying my voice,” she said.

“If it's acoustic guitar, then I like to play more indie and even rock-type music. If it's piano, I like to play anywhere from pop to blues.”

From alternative rock to R&B, Caitlin said, she’s a fan of all types of music.

“There are so many talented artists, it’s hard to single [my favorite] down to just one,” she said.

“I listen to a variety of artists such as, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Frank Ocean, Death Cab for Cutie, The Beatles, and so many others.”

Caitlin, who describes her own musical style as “indie/soul/pop,”  began writing her own songs at the age of 12.

“One of my more recent guitar pieces is called ‘Different Me Different You,’” she said, “and I have a piano song is called ‘Things They Tell You When You are Young.’”

Caitlin said she’s written about 15 songs and has recorded six of them at New Haven-based recording studio Firehouse 12.

“I’m also in the process of getting them copy-written,” she said.

“I love poetry and putting words on paper to music,” said Caitlin, whose personal experiences and thoughts inspire her to write music.

Caitlin is not only a member of her school’s a cappella group, but she also started a club called Arts for the Ages with two classmates.

The purpose of the club is to “get kids together and perform,” said Caitlin, who along with another classmate, performed for residents at the Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation & Health Care Center this past November.

“We each performed three songs,” said Caitlin, who sang and played guitar for the seniors.

Caitlin plans to use her musical ability over Christmas break to help others.

On Tuesday, Dec. 27, she will perform at Marly’s Bar & Bistro on Old Ridgefield Road to help raise money for Operation Smile, a nonprofit medical service organization that provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children around the world.

Caitlin founded an Operation Smile club at her school in the hope of getting others interested in raising funds for a good cause.

Although she isn’t sure if she wants to do it as a profession when she’s older, Caitlin said, she would “love to continue growing as an artist” and keep performing and writing music.