By Anna Sudar
NEWARK– The first time Bob Ewing heard Anthony Brown sing, he
knew he was listening to something special.
Ewing was a music teacher at Central Christian High School in
Kidron, working with dozens of students every day, when Brown
auditioned for his choir in 1965.
Something about the 16-year-old’s voice made him stand out from
the crowd, Ewing said.
He realized Brown had potential for greatness, if he had the
“He sings with his heart,” Ewing said. “But I knew he wouldn’t
really have a good voice without a good foundation.”
He started meeting with the teenager one-on-one to work on his
More than 40 years later, Brown, now 62, is a professional
baritone, performing dozens of concerts every year for audiences
all over the world.
On March 18, he will stop in Newark to visit Ewing and perform a
free concert to show his gratitude to the 85-year-old teacher who
influenced his musical career.
“I remember being in the music room and him teaching me scales,”
Brown said. “He gave me a solid foundation to build on and that is