by LINDA FRABL | photos by Soul of Photography

Carnegie Hall Performer

This past June, Cielo resident Emma Ritto, who will be a freshman at Canyon Crest Academy, had the opportunity to sing at the prestigous Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. After her middle school music teacher nominated her for an audition, Emma was chosen to perform as a junior finalist soprano in the Honors Performance Series. When she first found out she was accepted as a finalist for the performance, Emma recalled, “I screamed with joy!” Ever gracious, Emma was not only happy for herself but also happy to revel in the company of the other attendees. She commented, “I was most excited about meeting all of the other finalists and sharing the whole experience with them.”


student_emma_1Emma’s passion for the performing arts began when she was just three years old and she appeared in a kids’ version of the musical Annie at the RSF Community Center. Emma stated, “I have been interested in the performing arts ever since, and my future goal is to become a film actress!” She has since performed as numerous characters in various shows including Simba in The Lion King, Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz, and most notably as the lead Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie with the Rancho Santa Fe Players. Emma even qualified for her Screen Actors Guild eligibility and in 2016 she will appear in two different programs on the Nickelodeon channel: “100 Things To Do Before High School” and “Instant Mom.”

“I really enjoy using my imagination to create new worlds and to tell stories.”

In addition to her singing and acting abilities, Emma plays the trumpet, the piano, and a little bit of guitar. She even plays on the girls’ basketball and volleyball teams. Emma admits she has a passion for writing. She revealed, “English is my favorite subject in school and I love to write stories in my spare time. I really enjoy using my imagination to create new worlds and to tell stories.” She certainly won’t have to make up stories about her own life, because Emma is already a star heading toward an exciting future.

student_emma_2Meet Emma

Name: Emma Ritto (13)
School: Canyon Crest Academy
Grade: 9
Parents: Marti and Patrick Ritto
Sibling: Clara (11)
Favorite Spots: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe