Star on the Rise: URI music major Devon Morin is performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and preparing for life on the stage.
Tuesday, January 8
Release courtesy the University of Rhode Island Department of Communications and Marketing. Reporting by Ericka Tavares. While many college students are spending this winter break visiting with family and friends, University of Rhode Island senior and opera baritone Devon Morin is performing with the Boston Pops at Boston Symphony Hall. It’s a big stage, but he has gotten used to it, having performed on the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s hallowed ground in the summer of 2011 in Bramwell Tovey’s revival of Porgy and Bess. “It was the first solo I had ever had and you have to sing over full orchestration and you are unamplified so you have to be heard,” Morin said. He remembered looking up at Symphony Hall’s decorative Greek and Roman statues …
The Cole Middle School and University of Rhode Island music teaching legend will be remembered for his ability to make every student feel like a musician, and for his love of the Yankees.
There are teachers and there are teachers. Ronald N. Stabile was a teacher. Mr. Stabile, as his students will always remember him, died Wednesday from cancer. “Ron was the most inspirational teacher that I have ever known,” wrote Brandon Levesque, who succeeded him at Cole. “As Cole Middle School's band and orchestra director for over 20 years, Ron touched so many lives, not just in East Greenwich, but also at the University of Rhode Island with his former percussion students and those that were lucky enough to have student taught with him.” Cole Principal Alexis Meyer was a teacher at Cole during the Stabile era, which ended in 2006 when he retired. “Ron's influence has and will continue to influence generations of East Greenwich families…