Ronald Gibson has been gifted with a powerful voice and was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City with 1800 students from around the world. Ron actually performed in a mixed chorus of 250 young male and female voices on the stage of the iconic theatre where many of the worlds greatest performers, for eight decades, had made unforgettable performances at the world’s most famous concert hall.
The experience and excitement in Ron’s tone of voice about the entire trip to the “Big Apple” was absolutely amazing. “It was the best experience of my life,” said Ron. “They had us spend time sitting in the audience to get their perspective, and from the stage to look out into the theatre, which was unbelievable. I really could not believe I was standing on the same stage as so many talented musicians and performers from all over the world stood previously. It felt like I was floating on clouds. The experience was certainly the highlight of my life,”
The choral sang six different songs, and the students were provided with on-line recordings, were critiqued, and choreographed. The students visited many sights around the city, including Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, 911 Memorial, Statute of Liberty, Empire State, Trump Towers, and Central Park. The group of young artists also enjoyed three Broadway shows, which included Cats, Phantom of the Opera, and Hamilton.
“We developed new friendships and we shared our experiences. I met Barker at, who is from Louisiana, and Juan from Texas. His teacher and mentor made the trip from Texas. My only wish was for my mentor and teacher to have been able to attend the event; Mrs. Neale would have thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.”
The trip was funded by money raised in a Go-Fund-Me account, the Independence Booster Club, and CMS. “I would like to personally thank everyone who made this trip possible,” added Ronald.
Ron was first noticed by his music instructor and mentor, Mrs. Kristine Neale, at Independence High School. When she first heard Ron sing “Caro Mio Bien,”she knew he would be special. “His performance brought me to tears,” said Mrs. Neale.
Ron will continue having a discussion with UNC Charlotte and other college programs in the performing arts. He plans to study musical theatre in college and aspires to become a professional performer on the big stage.
Mrs. Neale said she was very proud of Ronald. She has completely enjoyed watching him grow, mature, and develop his talent. She hopes to attend a future musical where she can hear how his voice has been professionally fine tuned. She hopes to see Ron debut in an Opera, a musical at the Blumenthal Theatre, or even on Broadway.