Originally from the Rocky Mountain region, Matthew Fox is a music educator, bassoonist, and woodwind doubler based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Matthew holds a Master of Music in Multiple Woodwinds Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Wyoming.
Matthew has privately studied with the following instructors: Dr. Janis McKay (bsn), Kaori Uno-Jack (bsn), Dr. Shawna Pennock (sax), Mark McArthur (sax), Dr. Jennifer Turpen (sax), Dr. Tak Chiu Wong (sax), Dr. Marina Sturm (cl), 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 Sue Heineman. In addition, he has taken masterclasses from saxophonists Dr. J. Scott Turpen and Dr. Preston Duncan.
Matthew currently serves as the Auxiliary Woodwind Specialist for the Desert Winds and has performed with multiple ensembles including the Nevada Pops Orchestra, the Sin City Opera, 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. As a woodwind doubler, Matthew has performed with Las Vegas based theater companies including Las Vegas Little Theater and Nevada Conservatory Theater. He is also a co-founder 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 Assistantship 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 teaches high school instrumental and vocal music at Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School in North Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also the band director at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas, Nevada where he directs the Beginning Band (4th/5th Grade) and the Concert Band (6th-8th Grade). Matthew was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he taught MUS 101 (Music Fundamentals) and assisted with MUS 318 (Woodwind Methods), MUS 202 (Musicianship II), 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 two Nevada high schools: Elko High School (Elko) and Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas).
Matthew maintains an active private lessons studio in the Las Vegas area. Students that have taken private lessons with Matthew have received superior ratings at solo/ensemble festivals and been selected for honor ensembles.
In addition to performing and teaching, Matthew has arranged music for bassoon quartet and other chamber ensembles. His arrangements are published by SMP Press and available for purchase at SheetMusicPlus.com.