Scholastic Arts Spotlight: Riley Blaakman

- There is a talented young singer in Rochester who has already starred in the first two teen operas put on in the city. 

When it comes to music, Pittsford Mendon senior Riley Blaakman goes non-stop every day of the week. She has chorus class, but she is also in the acapella group, jazz choir, show choir and the Eastman Community Chamber Singers. Riley takes voices lessons, piano lessons and music theory. She plays the flute, piccolo and guitar. 

"We have a whole entire Google calendar with all of my musical endeavors and activities mapped out," she said. "It's my release of my every day problems. I get to be away from school and all the hard work and do what I love. So that's why I love doing music."

Now that Riley is winding down high school, her hard work is paying off. Not only was she chosen to sing in the All-STate Mixed and Women's Choir, but the All Eastern Honor Choir too. 

"Riley is such a multi-dimensional performer. She has a warm, rich, mature voice. She's comfortable on stage as an actress, dancer and in all multiple facets of her performing," instructor Edith Rice said.

"I hope maybe to perform; maybe go to graduate school, maybe teach voice lessons. I have so many opportunities that are available to me, so I'll explore them," Riley said.

Riley plans to study music and vocal performance in college. The singer with a jam-packed schedule has earned her place in the spotlight. 

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