Cathy Manley has served as musical director and accompanist for several theaters and organizations in the DC metropolitan area. Ms Manley works as a collaborative artist as an accompanist, arranger and performer. She regularly performs in outreach concerts at hospitals and assisted living homes with her private students. Ms. Manley has worked and toured with several well known artists and has collaborated with internationally known composers on various projects. In the Metropolitan area, Ms. Manley has won awards for Best Musical Director by ACT, the Northern Virginia Theater Association. Shows such as Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, Runaways, Man of La Mancha, Young Frankenstein, American Idiot, The Last Five Years, Little Shop of Horrors, Spelling Bee, Billy Elliott, Cinderella, and The Lion King are examples of the breadth of her experience as a vocal coach and pianist/conductor. Some of the theatrical venues she has collaborated with are T.A.P., Springfield Players, Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theater, St. Mark’s Players, The Little Theater of Alexandria, MetroStage, Atlas Cabaret, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Beyond the Page Theater Company, and Up-In-Your-Face Theater Company.
Vocally she has performed with the Boston Symphony under conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa and Robert Shaw. As a pianist she has toured the midwest and east coast as a collaborative artist with vocalists and as a soloist with orchestras and chamber music groups. In New York City, Ms. Manley accompanied competitions, dance companies and college auditions. Many collaborations resulted in tours and recording projects utilizing her skills of singing, oboe, saxophone, guitar as well as piano.
Ms Manley continues working with colleagues on cross curricular design and curricular development in a variety of schools and summer camps. She maintains a professional class of private vocal students in the DC metropolitan area and in New York City. She coaches students who are preparing for Broadway auditions and college placement auditions. She has created and written interactive books on ear training, musical styles and essential building blocks of music theory. Ms. Manley is currently the Director of Music at the Burgundy Farm Country Day School in Alexandria, Va.