A native of Bay City, Michigan, Matt completed a bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance at the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Choral Conducting at Penn State University. While attending Penn State, he served as assistant conductor to the Penn State Men’s Glee Club, conducting performances at various division conferences and in domestic and international tours.
During his time in central Pennsylvania, Matt was music director of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, from 2006 to 2010. Following his years at Penn State, Matt was the Music Director at Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y. from 2010-2014. Matt recently completed his doctorate in choral conducting at The University of Connecticut where he founded and directed the UCONN Men’s Glee Club and taught undergraduate courses in conducting and general music. In addition to his work at UConn, Matt served as Music Director of the Kent Singers and as Male Choirs Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Connecticut chapter of The American Choral Director’s Association. Matt is founder and Artistic Director of The Mid-Michigan Singers and Mid-Michigan Voice Academy.
An active conductor and dedicated student of music, Matt has participated in numerous summer programs, including the Yale Summer School of Music, University of Michigan Choral Symposium and Eastman Conducting Institute, and prestigious Oregon Bach Festival studying with German conductor Helmuth Rilling. Matt has been fortunate enough to receive numerous fellowships including: American Choral Director’s Association Lannom Fellowship, Chorus American Choral-Orchestral Fellowship, and The Yale Summer School of Music Fellowship.