Blaney named LHS Senior of the Week

This week's Liverpool High School Senior of the Week for June 9, Nicholas Blaney, is a well-known member of the local musical community.

Next to singing, Blaney has been involved in student government as the student liaison for the Liverpool Board of Education.

He has been involved in Casting Hall, Musical, National Honor Society and Jazz Ensemble.

Outside of school, the LHS senior is a member of the Syracuse Opera Chorus and a part of Civic Morning Musicals.

Blaney has also been playing the piano for nine years and the euphonium for four years. He has also been a voice student for five years and counting.

Some of Blaney's achievements include National Foundation for Achievement in the Arts Merit Award, Finalist for National Classical Singer High School Vocal Competition in 2008 and 2009, NYS and CNY Associations of Music Teachers, Local Elks Student of the Month.

Blaney is also an AP Scholar, a first place finisher for several vocal awards, an All-State Miked Chorus winner in 2008 and 2009, and the winner of the Bel Canto Institute Performance Award.

His volunteer activities include work for the Liverpool Dollars for Scholars and the Syracuse Children's Chorus.

Blaney also works as a vocal soloist for masses, weddings and funerals for Sacred Heart Church and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

"When I'm not singing or going to performances as a spectator, I enjoy keeping up on politics and eating good pasta," Blaney said.

This budding singer-performer plans to become either an opera singer or managing artistic administrator of a major opera company.

After graduation, Blaney said he plans to attend the Eastman School of Music to pursue dual degrees in vocal performance and financial economics.

He has found great inspiration to follow these aspirations during his time at LHS while being a student of Dr. Eileen Stuempel.

"I have a massive amount of respect for her [Stuempel's] achievements in the arts, academics and the business world," Blaney said.

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