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Originally from the Rocky Mountain region, Matthew Fox is a music educator, bassoonist, and woodwind doubler based in the Las Vegas area. Matthew is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Multiple Woodwinds Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2017, he graduated cum laude from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.

Matthew currently studies bassoon with Dr. Janis McKay, saxophone with Dr. Shawna Pennock, and clarinet with Dr. Marina Sturm. He previously studied with the following instructors: Kaori Uno-Jack (bsn), Mark McArthur (sax), Dr. Jennifer Turpen (sax), Dr. Tak Chiu Wong (sax), Dr. Mara Plotkin (cl), and Dr. Blake McGee (cl). As a bassoonist he has taken masterclasses with renowned professionals including Dr. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, Dr. Kristen Wolfe-Jensen, and Adrian Morejon. In addition, he has taken masterclasses from saxophonists Dr. J. Scott Turpen and Dr. Preston Duncan.

Matthew has performed with multiple ensembles including the Nevada Pops Orchestra, the Sin City Opera, the Desert Winds, the University of Wyoming (UW) Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, UW Jazz Ensemble II, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, UNLV Jazz Ensemble II, and the KKΨ and TBΣ National Intercollegiate Band among others. He is also a cofounder of the Las Vegas based bassoon quartet Bassooner the Better. As part of these groups, Matthew has been able to perform and share the stage with renowned composers, soloists, chamber ensembles, and conductors including the Boston Brass, Julie Giroux, Clint Holmes, P.D.Q. Bach, Bob Sheppard, Col. John Bourgeois, Gerard Schwartz, and more.

Matthew’s performances and musicianship have garnered various awards and recognition including 2016 Honors Convocation at the University of Wyoming for his performance of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in Bb, Outstanding Musicianship from the Midwest District of KKΨ and TBΣ in 2015, Principal Bassoon of the 2015 KKΨ and TBΣ National Intercollegiate Band, and a Graduate Teaching Assistanship from UNLV. As part of the Snowy Range Sextet, he won the 2014 Wyoming MTNA Chamber Competition and placed second at the 2015 MTNA Northwest Regional Chamber Competition.

Matthew has more than half a decade of teaching experience ranging from K-12 to the collegiate level. He is the Director of Bands at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas, Nevada where he directs the Beginning Band (4th/5th grade) and the Intermediate Band (6th, 7th, and 8th grade). Matthew is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he teaches MUS 101 (Music Fundamentals) and has assisted with MUS 202 (Musicianship II) and MUS 131 (History of Rock and Roll). At the University of Wyoming, he taught the bassoon section of Woodwind Methods to undergraduate music education students.

Additionally, Matthew has served in staff and counselor positions at music camps and events including the University of Wyoming Summer Music Camp, University of Wyoming Drum Major/Leadership Camp, and Bocal Majority & Operation O.B.O.E. camps. He currently serves as a marching band and woodwind technician for three Nevada high schools: Elko High School (Elko), Arbor View High School (Las Vegas), and Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas). Students that have taken private lessons with Matthew have received superior ratings at solo/ensemble festivals and been selected for honor ensembles.

Matthew and his wife, Allison Fox, recently celebrated their first anniversary and are happy to call Las Vegas home!