Seasons With Chorale: 9
Season Joined: 2008-09
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
DMA and MM in Music Composition (USC Thornton School of Music); BA in Music Theory/Composition (Pepperdine University); studied voice with Jonathan Mack
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do?
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
I teach at Pepperdine University, Cal Poly Pomona, and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. I also sing at Temple Israel of Hollywood, Horizon Music Group, LA Choral Lab, St Matthew's Episcopal Church. I'm a freelance composer, arranger, and instructor. One may listen to some of my works on my website, www.mattbrowncomposer.com.
2015: Performances with Lucy & La Mer at Hotel Cafe and The Roxy in Hollywood; 2014: the little match girl passion (Lang): Tenor soloist with Art of Élan in San Diego
Godzilla (2014), Kitchen Sink (2014), various short films and video games
Highlights of your musical career:
Performance of my piece Another Lullaby for Insomniacs by The Crossing in June 2015; Publication of my choral works by Schott starting in 2014; Performance of chamber piece Hand in Hand at the Edge of the Sky at the Pasadena AxS Festival in the fall of 2014; a 2013 recording of my choral works made by the Antioch Chamber Ensemble
Favorite choral work(s):
Singet dem Herrn (Bach); Fifth Book of Madrigals (Monteverdi); Mass for Double Choir (Martin); A Child's Prayer (MacMillan); Friede auf Erden (Schoenberg); Cantata (Stravinsky); Midwinter Songs (Lauridsen)
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
our performance of The Gospel According to the Other Mary (John Adams) with the LA Phil at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre in 2013
What are you listening to these days?
art music: Rubens Askenar, Santa Ratniece, Gavin Bryars, Andrew Norman, Eric Wubbels, Nico Muhly; pop/electronica/indie: Aurora, Vallis Alps, Sufjan Stevens, Kero Kero Bonito, Broods, Purity Ring, Young Ejecta, Kate Boy, Sylvan Esso
Anything you'd like to add about yourself?
In the last few months, I've been playing through a lot of piano and vocal music, including Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, Bach's WTC, Debussy's piano music, 4 fakebooks, Billy Joel and Elton John anthologies, and most recently, a 200-page book of Gershwin's songs.