Rancho Santa Fe student Emma Ritto selected to sing at Carnegie Hall


Emma Ritto, a student at R. Roger Rowe Middle School, has been selected for the 2015 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will perform as a soprano in March 2015 with the Honors Junior Choir.

Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated middle school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.

Emma Ritto auditioned this fall for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording. Emma will join other performers from 49 states, several provinces in Canada, and several foreign countries for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

According to Program Director Nancy Richardson, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Junior Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We process thousands of nominations annually, selecting only the most talented performers. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these student musicians never forget.”

Emma Ritto has studied music for six years and is a member of the R. Roger Rowe Middle School Advanced Choir, as well as the R. Roger Rowe Middle School Advanced Band, in which she plays trumpet, first chair. In addition to being a gifted vocalist, Emma also plays the trumpet, the piano, drums and the guitar.

Junior Finalists will come together for five days in June 2015 in New York City to have the opportunity to learn from Conductor Greg Gilpin, work with other Junior Finalists, and get a taste of New York City. The June 27 performance is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days before the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.