A native Texan, George Gibson’s formal education began at Texas Lutheran University, followed by a bachelor’s of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Miami, Fla., a master’s of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Texas at Austin and doctor of musical arts degree in opera performance from the University of Southern California. Further study, as a Fulbright scholar, was at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany.
George’s professional repertoire consists of 65 leading roles in opera, oratorio and musical theatre. His performances took him from coast to coast, appearing with opera companies throughout the United States. He was represented for years by Alexander Haas Artist Management of Los Angeles.
In 1967 he began his association with Wichita State University as assistant professor of voice and director of opera theatre. During the following 29 years, the opera department grew to become one of the finest of its kind. He served in all capacities: producer, stage director, coach, conductor and fundraiser. Eighty-five productions were given under his leadership. His former students include Samuel Ramey, Joyce DiDonato, Alan Held, Beverly Hoch, Karla Burns, Catherine Cook, Stephen Tharp, Barbara Honn, Thomas Baresel, Myrna Paris, Darleen Kliewer-Britton, Brian Frutiger, Mary Law, Marlene Flood, Meg Mackay and Stephen Fiol. His students have sung, or are singing, in all of the major opera houses of the world. He has been an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing for many years, and has been a master teacher for their interim program.
Since retiring from Wichita State in 1997, he has served as guest professor of voice
at the University of Cincinnati, College/Conservatory of Music; the Eastman School
of Music of the University of Rochester, New York and the University of Arizona. He
currently runs a very
active private studio in the Washington, D.C. area and is in demand as a music teacher and clinician. He and his wife, Mary Jane, reside in Tucson, Ariz.