Prior to becoming the Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of The Singers, Matthew was a member of The Dale Warland Singers, having served as Music Adviser to Dale Warland, Assistant Conductor, Bass Section Leader, and Music Librarian. From 2000-2006, Matthew was Director of Choral Activities at Hopkins High School, overseeing a choral program of six performing ensembles. His Hopkins Concert Choir performed at the 2002 and 2004 MN ACDA Fall Conventions. The Concert Choir held masterclasses with The King’s Singers, Alice Parker, and numerous visiting composers. In November, 2004, Matthew was presented with the 2004 MN ACDA Outstanding Young Choral Conductor of the Year Award. In the fall of 2003, he was the recipient of the VocalEssence/ACDA of Minnesota Creative Programming Award for his work at Hopkins High School.
As a composer, Matthew has been commissioned by the Dale Warland Singers, Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester (MN), Ames Chamber Artists, Chanson, the MN All-State Choirs (2005 Men’s Choir), and numerous high school and collegiate choirs. His works are published by Graphite Publishing, Hinshaw Music, Mark Foster Music (Shawnee), Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Kjos Music, and Odhecaton.com. He is co-editor of the “Matthew and Michael Culloton Choral Series” with Santa Barbara Publishing Company. He is also a contributing writer to “Teaching Music Performance through Literature, Vol. 2” published by G.I.A., Chicago.
Matthew is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, and is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, studying with Kathy Romey and Dr. Matthew Mehaffey. He is a member of ACDA, Chorus America, and the American Composers Forum.
1: (Easy) No divisi in voice parts, accompaniment doubles or supports vocal parts, diatonic, symmetrical phrases, textures mostly homophonic, simple rhythms, stepwise voice leading (conjunct), moderate ranges, no extended techniques, and limited sustained singing.
2: (Medium Easy) Limited divisi, voices somewhat independent from accompaniment, some chromatics, phrases may be longer or more fragmented, mostly homophonic, moderate rhythmic complexity, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderate ranges, extended techniques are simple, limited sustained singing.
3. (Medium) Limited divisi, unaccompanied, or with independent accompaniment (voice parts not doubled), many chromatics, phrases of varying lengths, more contrapuntal textures, moderately complex rhythms, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderately difficult/challenging ranges, extended techniques are potentially challenging, and some sustained singing.
4. (Medium Difficult) Abundant divisi, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, many difficult intervals (disjunct motion), difficult/challenging ranges, potentially difficult extended techniques, and a demand for sustained singing.
5. (Difficult) Adundant divis, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, extreme ranges, use of challenging or unusual extended vocal techniques, abundant sustained singing.