Originally from the Rocky Mountain region, Matthew is a music educator, bassoonist, and woodwind doubler based in the Las Vegas area. Matthew currently attends the University of Nevada, Las Vegas pursuing a Master of Music in Multiple Woodwinds Performance. He graduated cum laude from the University of Wyoming in 2017 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 Dr. Brian Jack, Dr. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, Dr. Saxton Rose, Dr. Kristen Wolfe-Jensen, Darrel Hale, Dr. Susan Hess, and Adrian Morejon. In addition, he has taken saxophone masterclasses from Dr. Scott Turpen and Dr. Preston Duncan.
As a performer, Matthew has appeared with multiple ensembles including the Nevada Pops Orchestra, the Sin City Opera, the Desert Winds, the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, UW Jazz Ensemble II, the UNLV Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, UNLV Jazz Ensemble II, and the KKΨ & TBΣ National Intercollegiate Band among others. Matthew is also a cofounder of two Las Vegas based chamber ensembles: Bassooner the Better and the Roulette Reeds. As part of these groups, Matthew has been able to perform and work with renowned composers, soloists, chamber ensembles, and conductors including the Boston Brass, Julie Giroux, Clint Holmes, P.D.Q. Bach, Clint Ashlock, Bob Sheppard, Col. John Bourgeois, Gerard Schwartz, and more.
Matthew’s performances and musicianship have garnered various awards and recognition including Honors Convocation for his performance of Mozart’s Concerto in Bb for Bassoon and Orchestra, Outstanding Musician from the KKΨ & TBΣ Midwest District, Principal Bassoon of the National Intercollegiate Band, and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship from UNLV. He was also a member of the Snowy Range Sextet which went on to win the chamber division of the Wyoming MTNA competition and take 2nd place at the MTNA Northwest Regional competition.
As an educator, Matthew has more than half a decade of experience working with students in K–12 schools, the collegiate level, and in private lessons. He currently is the Director of Bands for St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UNLV, Matthew teaches Music Fundamental to undergraduate students and has assisted with other courses including Music Theory and History of Rock and Roll. At the University of Wyoming, Matthew taught the bassoon section of the woodwind methods course to undergraduate music education students. Matthew student-taught in a rural school district in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming teaching K–12 students in general music, band, and choir.
Additionally, Matthew has served in staff and counselor positions at different summer music camps including the University of Wyoming Drum Major/Leadership Camp and the University of Wyoming Summer Music Camp. He also 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 or coaching with Matthew have gone on to receive superior ratings at solo/ensemble festival and be selected for honor ensembles.
Matthew currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, Allison Fox. They recently celebrated their first anniversary and are enjoying their lives in the desert!