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Assistant Professor of Vocal Studies


  • M.C.D. in Communication Disorders, Arkansas State University
  • M.M. in Vocal Performance, University of Michigan
  • B.M. in Vocal Performance, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music

Teaching Specialties

  • Applied Voice
  • Diction for Singers
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Song Literature

Courses Taught

  • Applied Voice
  • Diction for Singers, I, II
  • Vocal Pedagogy

Research Interests

  • The Prevalence of Voice Disorders, Language Disorders and Articulation Disorders among amateur and professional singers.
  • A Pilot Study:  The effectiveness of combining isometric-isotonic voice exercises with dynamic equilibrium singing exercises on the vocal efficiency of young singers
  • The Singer’s Preventative Maintenance Program


  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


Matt has been a member of the voice faculty at Arkansas State University since 1997. In addition to applied voice, he also teaches Lyric Diction for Singers, Vocal Pedagogy and Song Literature. He has been the music director and conductor for the ASU Theater Department's Musical and has co-hosted the College of Fine Arts radio program "Spotlight on the Arts" on public radio NPR affiliate KASU 91.9 FM.   

Matt has sung with opera companies throughout the United States as well as Germany, and his leading roles include Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Valentin in Faust, Figaro in Barbiere di Seviglia, Taddeo in La Cenerentola, Alfonso in La Favorita, Heerufer in Lohengrin, Lescaut in Manon, Marcello and Colline in La Bohème, Ford in Falstaff, Silvio in I Pagliacci   and Don Giovanni. Matt has performed with the symphony orchestras of Hamburg, Kotka (Finland), Santa Barbara, the NDR Orchester of Bremen, the Delta Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. In concert, he has performed Carmina Burana, Messiah, The Creation, Elijah, the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms and Fauré, Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan-Williams), Old American Songs(Copland) and Drum Taps (Richard Pearson Thomas). On the theater stage, Matt has performed most recently as Henry in The Fantasticks and as a member of the New Rochelle Ensemble in Ragtime with The Link Theatre Company.

Matt is a prolific recitalist, performing all styles of song literature, and specializing in songs cycles. Most recently, he toured Schubert’s Die Winterreise in Alabama. He has conducted Vocal Master Classes throughout Arkansas, as well as Louisiana and Alabama. Along with his colleagues, Kristen Sullivan, Marika Kyriakos and Crystal Kachevas, he conducts a weekly Studio Class open to all voice students. He is a regular adjudicator at State and Regional NATS competitions, where his students frequently reach the Finals, as well as other local and regional competitions. Matt continues to perform in opera, recital and concert both at A-State and around the country.

For the last 14 years, Matt has been a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, specializing in Singing Voice Therapy- the habilitation of the injured singing voice. In the Fall of 2014, in collaboration with A-State Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders Shanon Brantley, Matt conducted a 30 day pilot study examining the effectiveness of two different types of vocal exercises. More recently, he has been presenting The Singer’s Preventative Maintenance Program at universities in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama and New Jersey.