Ron Ixaac Hubbard has been performing since he was a child. Having grown up in a musical performing family, his destiny as a performer was sealed from his birth. Although the term of “triple-threat” has been applied to Ron, others have taken it one step further to elaborate that he is indeed a quadruple threat as not only can he sing, dance and act, but he is an award acclaimed composer as well. His exuberance for life is resonated in his movement, vocal abilities as well as intense acting. He originated the “Praisefest!” phenomena at the age of 17! This celebration to this day still holds the original idea of Praising as a Community to Heal the Community!
Ron began his career outside of the home with Karamu House as well as the Cleveland Music Settlement with his siblings. He would later go on to attend the Cleveland School of the Arts where he starred in: “Peter Pan” as Peter Pan, “Once Upon A Mattress”, “Take One Step” and “Trees of Hope” just to name a few. He has also performed at the world-renowned Severance Hall, the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as in Japan and Austria! All before even graduating from high school! His summers were spent perfecting his craft at the Interlochen Center for the Arts where he was awarded numerous scholarships and other forms of recognition. He has written numerous plays with “Inside the Mind of a Mad Man” being the focus of many conversations in the Cleveland area following its debut in 2009.
Ron with his siblings, Rodney, R
obert Jr. and Victoria, has gone on to enjoy careers as musicians as well as vocalists. He and his brother Rodney composed the song “You Are God Alone”, which was recorded by national recording artist, Marvin Sapp and was nominated for a Stellar Award was chosen to be a part of the platinum selling “WOW Gospel 2005”. Ron also has established a gospel entertainment company named ‘GospelNation, LLC.’
GospelNation has successfully partnered with ‘Alma Music Project’ which is based in Milan, Italy and together they frequent many European countries sharing the beauty and life that is Gospel Music. Ron has completed more than twelve tours with Gospel Connections in Milan, Italy and has enjoyed the success of his own tour entitled “Women in Gospel”. “Women in Gospel” opened to much acclaim in Rome, Italy in 2010 and continues to be featured and sought after throughout Europe. He was featured on RAI and RAI2, the European equivalent of CNN.
Matthew Mueller, Bass-Baritone, is currently working towards a masters degree in Vocal Performance at CIM. He has recently sung such roles as Betto/Ser Amantio in Gianni Schicchi, Adam in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore, Dulcamara in L’Elisir D’amore, and Olsen in Street Scene. As a chorister with the Florentine Opera, he has appeared in productions of The Magic Flute, The Merry Widow, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia, among others. Additional credits include Falstaff, Il Trittico, Iphigenie en Tauride, and Don Giovanni. Matthew has performed a number of major choral works, including Handel’s Messiah, Bloch’s Sacred Service, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, Haydn’s Creation and Die Jahreszeiten, and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9. In addition to his vocal pursuits, Matthew’s diverse artistic interests have led him to partake in a variety of projects in the areas of instrumental music, theatre and film.
Raquel Román-Rodriguez, M.M.
Vocal Music Instructor
MM, Cleveland Institute of Music
BA, Avila University
Raquel Román-Rodriguez, soprano, completed her Masters of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music in May 2018. Past performances include the Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with ViVace Opera Workshop in Vancouver, BC in the summer of 2018, as well as Second Lady in scenes from Die Zauberflöte in the opera scenes program and as Maid 2 in the full production of Amelia al Ballo with CIM Opera Theater. She also participated in the opera scenes program at her undergraduate institution, Avila University, singing Mimi in Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, Susannah in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and Blanche in Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.
As a music educator, Raquel has maintained a private voice studio since 2014. She is also currently on faculty at Aurora School of Music in Aurora, Ohio. Before moving to Cleveland, she taught high school choir at Archbishop O’Hara High School in Kansas City, Missouri, and Music Directed their school music, Godspell, in 2016.