Robert T. Gibson & The Reed Academy Singers

Springfield, MO— Each year, secondary schools and colleges in Missouri submit a set of vocal recordings to a panel of judges for the upcoming years state conference.
With over 200+ submissions, the panel choose 10 groups.
It is with honor to announce that the Reed Academy Singers under the direction of Robert T. Gibson have been selected to perform at the Missouri Music Education Association (MMEA) conference in Osage Beach, MO on Friday, January 28, 2022. The students who are a part of the Reed choir program continue to excel in excellence as they are taught musical skills that shape them into true lovers of music. Although this group consists of 7th and 8th graders, the way each singer performs conveys a massage that leaves audiences uplifted and inspired.
Robert T. Gibson, a Texas native and professor at Missouri State has had the opportunity to be in this position for the past 4 years.
“As a music educator, It is vital to continue learning about your craft so that you can continue to change for the better,” Gibson states as he reflects his experiences with this group. “From the first time I saw this group perform at a conference in Minneapolis, I was mesmerized by how well they sang and expressed music. Even though I was not the director of this ensemble at the time, I was inspired by what a group of middle school voices could produce. Being the only black music educator in SPS, it makes me proud to know that kids who look like me can say they performed at a high level with someone who looked like them. I take much pride in this. I am overjoyed for this year at Reed.”
In addition to teaching, Gibson is a composer arranger, clinician, and musician who is active in the Springfield music community. He currently instructs the Missouri State gospel choir while directing the RTGSingers in his spare time.
For more information on the Reed choir program schedule, concert schedule or to donate funds to the choir program, please email Robert T. Gibson at rtgibson@spsmail.org.
Go Beavers!!

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