"My mom sings, my dad plays the trumpet, my familys very musical. I dont know. I just did it and fell in love with it and its basically been my whole life," said Ricky.
Its a life full of achievement. At Penfield High School, this senior is the president of the school chorale and a section leader in the jazz choir as well. He leads rehearsal whenever vocal teacher Diane Abrahamian isnt present.
"He makes the stage seem like his home, and I feel like when we see Ricky perform, were watching him in his home. Thats how comfortable he is," said Abrahamian.
"My passion is truly singing. I sing all the time whether people like it or not!" said Ricky.
Rickys dynamic presence on stage wins him accolades, again and again. He has won Stars of Tomorrow awards from the Rochester Broadway Theater League, been selected to perform with the New York State School Music Association All-State choirs, and earned a coveted spot in the All-Eastern Choir. Next year, he heads to New York University to study musical theater.
"II couldnt imagine doing anything else with my life. Theres just something about being on stage and just living in that moment and being a character that is so completely different than anything else you ever do in life," said Ricky. "I just get so euphoric and feel home when Im on stage."
Schroeders got big dreams for the Big Apple. If anyones bound for Broadway, its him.