Since 2011, The MENTOR Network has chosen a Network Nightingale—someone who receives support from The Network and has a passion for singing. We ask them to help honor our Ripple of Hope award recipients with a live vocal performance at the award ceremony.
This year’s ceremony was held October 25, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse.
Meet Aaron Hobson, the 2016 Network Nightingale
A talented performer, Aaron Hobson receives support from MENTOR Oregon in Portland, where he has also studied and performed with Pacific Honored Artists Musicians and Entertainers (PHAME) for nearly a decade.
PHAME is a Portland-area nonprofit organization supporting adults with disabilities to experience the joy of artistic expression through lifelong arts education and performance. PHAME supported and connected Aaron with his first employment opportunity as a musician. Aaron has since performed with the Portland Cello Project, Pink Martini, and at private gigs and concerts across the region. He has sung at civic and political events, including for the Oregon state legislature, Portland City Council, and for many national dignitaries and elected officials. He has also performed countless roles in PHAME mainstage productions and concerts. Some of his favorite roles include the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz,” Conrad Birdie in “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” and Jean Valjean in “Les Misérables.”
Aaron’s family, including his parents and two younger sisters, are among his biggest supporters. We thank Aaron’s father, Randall, for accompanying him on the piano during his performance and his mother, Bonnie, for joining us in celebration. Most of all, we thank Aaron for sharing his gift of music with us. His talent, passion and dedication to his craft are an inspiration to us all.