Riley is a supportive and encouraging teacher, with experience across many different genres – from classical and musical theater to jazz, pop, rock, country, soul, and R&B. Riley’s teaching style is compassionate, energetic, and flexible – and her goal is that you will leave each lesson with a deeper understanding of how to use your own unique voice to make music. She is passionate about the joy that singing can bring to a person’s life, and strives to help each student unlock their freest and healthiest voice.
Riley holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Voice Performance from Boston University, and has also studied classical voice at the Royal College of Music in London. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Therapy at Colorado State University.
As a performer, Riley has sung in a variety of bands, choirs, and contemporary a capella groups. In February 2018, Riley won the “Outstanding Soloist” award for her rendition of “Pray” by Sam Smith at the International Collegiate Championship of A Capella (ICCA) Northeast Quarterfinal in Boston. She can be heard as a soloist on the albums “Premiere” and “Have Mercy” by Boston University’s In Achord. As a music educator, Riley has taught choir, general music, and band to students of all ages in the US public schools. Additionally, she spent 8 months in China and the Philippines, where she worked as both an English and Music teacher.
Outside of singing and teaching, Riley enjoys hiking, traveling, practicing yoga, and cuddling with her dog, Cindy.