WESTFIELD — Kathryn Breck, a 16-year-old city resident, is making a name for herself as a singer.
This summer, if you’ve attended a Starfires baseball game, there’s a good chance you’ve heard her sing the National Anthem, and it probably won’t be the last time you hear this rising star.
The Westfield High School junior said she enjoys many things about singing.
“I love being able to express myself,” said Breck. “I enjoy being able to entertain others. I also genuinely like singing. I’ve sang all over the board with different genres, but the one I’ve enjoyed the most is jazz.”
Breck has on old soul, as the saying goes, and is a member of the school’s show choir and recently became a vocalist for the school’s jazz combo.
Breck began singing in her elementary school choir in fourth grade but did not have formal voice lessons until 2019 at the Feeding Hills Music Academy. She then started working with Dan Kane and has sang the National Anthem for a Western Massachusetts cheerleading exhibition, the Springfield Thunderbirds, the Valley Blue Sox, the Hartford Yard Goats, Starfires and the Babe Ruth New England Regional Tournament and can be heard singing at this week’s Starfires games at Bullens Field Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
“I am set to perform this Saturday afternoon at the local Artworks Summerfest with my vocal coach and other singers he teaches,” she noted.
For Breck, singing and school are her priorities.
“Besides singing being number one, I enjoy walking and hanging out with my two dogs and siblings at home,” said the well-rounded teen. “I look forward to getting more opportunities in the future.”