On his way to an international career, Ricardo Gil, ’19, has packed his resume with accolades and accomplishments.
Senior Ricardo Gil came to Indiana State sure of his dream to study music performance on his way to traveling the world and establishing his legacy as a flutist.
One thing he wasn’t sure of when he arrived in Terre Haute, however, was how his Dominican roots would fit in.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I came to campus since I’m from a different culture,” he said. “But I have found people, especially music students, have always been welcoming to me. As an international student, I was attracted to a smaller school because professors can give a lot of attention and help when I needed it. At Indiana State, I am not a number. I am Ricardo.”
In three years at State, Gil has made a name for himself with faculty and his fellow students. Last year, Gil was one of 100 student flutists from around the world selected to participate in the 2017 Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland, and was the youngest of eight students selected to perform in the Sir James Galway masterclass. He was also sponsored by Straubinger Flutes Inc. to participate in the Galway Flute Festival, a 10-day festival held annually to allow flutists of all abilities the chance to participate in masterclasses and in guest artist workshops.
In April, Gil will travel to India to participate in a weeklong workshop led by professors from the University of Vienna.
“After graduation, I would like to pursue my master’s degree — but not right away,” Gil said. “I feel like I have already gained so many concepts and there are other opportunities I want to pursue, especially since my big goal is to get into a professional orchestra. They want the level of a master’s degree or equivalent, but there are fellowship programs in orchestras around the country and the world that allow you to perform in the orchestra while being coached by the performers, which would be good experience for me.”
FAVORITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS: The library.
FAVORITE PROFESSOR: Joyce Wilson. She’s retired now, but she taught me how to teach myself and put me into a lot of competitions that have helped me to start to build my résumé.
FAVORITE ISU MEMORY: Playing at the President’s Concert, which gets a lot of people from outside of campus and former faculty who provide valuable feedback.