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David Matthies, has built an impressive reputation as an outstanding conductor, singer, teacher and communicator.

He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony and the Abington Symphony and served as interim music director of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra.

He is comfortable with all styles of music from Jazz and Pops to Brahms Symphonies. He has appeared with symphonies regularly as the preferred conductor for Country Music singer, Kathy Mattea.

David Matthies completed his doctorate studies under Leon Gregorian at Michigan State University where he served as assistant conductor of the Michigan State Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra.

A native of Canada, Matthies has received an unprecedented four Canada Council awards for excellence in conducting. His career has spanned a wide spectrum of musical experiences from professional singer and choral conductor to college educator and symphonic conductor. Faculty appointments have included the conducting department at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario) and Brandon University (Brandon, Manitoba), and most recently DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

Prior to graduate studies, Dr. Matthies spent one year in private conducting studies with Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart Germany. During this time, he was a singer in Rilling's ensemble, the Gächinger Kantorei and also appeared as their guest conductor on several occasions. In 1992, Matthies graduated with a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College where he studied with Joseph Flummerfelt and was a member (tenor) of the famous Westminster Choir.

He currently lives in Ladera Ranch, California with his wife Carolyn and two sons, Caleb & Quinn.

ACADEMIC BIOGRAPHY:

  • Visiting Professor of Music, DePauw University, Spring 2003. Conductor of the DePauw University Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus and Chamber Choir. Professor of Conducting.
  • Assistant Professor of Conducting, Westminster Choir College (Interim) Conductor of Westminster Singers
  • B.Ch.M. Canadian Mennonite Bible College
  • B.A. University of Winnipeg
  • M.M. (Choral Conducting) Westminster Choir College
  • D.M.A. (Orchestral Conducting) Michigan State University
  • Conducting studies at the International Bach-Akademie, Stuttgart and member of the Gächinger Kantorei.
  • Conducting studies with Helmuth Rilling, George Wiebe, William Baerg, Constantina Tsolainou, Joseph Flummerfelt, Charles K. Smith, Gustav Meier, Leon Gregorian.
  • Voice studies with Henrietta Schellenberg, Dorothy Lawson, Mel Braun, Thomas Faracco, and Paul Hartfield.
  • Music Director, Pottstown Symphony Orchestra (Interim)
  • Associate Conductor Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra
  • Assistant Conductor, Michigan State University Symphony Orchestras
  • Director of Choral Activities, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario
  • Music Director, Sudbury Chamber Singers
  • Music Director, Sudbury Bel Canto Choir
  • Director of Choral Activities, Brandon University
  • Music Director, Mennonite Collegiate Institute
  • Recipient of four Canada Council grants for excellence in conducting between 1990-1996.
  • Oregon Bach Festival Choir Singer (1988)
  • Member of CBC Hymn Sing and the Winnipeg Singers (1986-1988).
  • Guest conductor of the Interlochen Arts Academy Choir, Mennonite Community Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Michigan State University Symphony, Philharmonic, Campus and Chamber Orchestras, Abington Symphony Orchestra, Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
 
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