Seasons With Chorale: 9
Season Joined: 2008-09
Hometown: Taft, CA
DMA and MM in Music Composition (USC Thornton School of Music); BA in Music Theory/Composition (Pepperdine University); voice with Jonathan Mack
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do?
I teach and conduct at Moreno Valley College. I have also taught at Pepperdine, Chapman, Pasadena City College, the Pasadena Conservatory, and Cal Poly Pomona.
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
In addition to my work as a composer, arranger, and session singer, I teach and conduct at Moreno Valley College, sing at Temple Israel of Hollywood, C3LA (a new-choral-music group I co-founded in 2016), and St Matthew's Episcopal Church.
One may listen to and purchase my works on my website: (Matt Brown, Composer)
2017: Featured composer at the Bodenseefestival in Freidrichshafen, Germany; 2015: Performances at Hotel Cafe and The Roxy in Hollywood; 2014: the little match girl passion (Lang): Tenor soloist with Art of Élan in San Diego
Venom (2018), The Predator (2018), A Wrinkle in Time (2018), Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), Despicable Me 3 (2017), The Cloverfield Paradox (2017), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Hail, Caesar! (2016), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016), Creed (2015), Pixels (2015), Godzilla (2015), Kitchen Sink (2014), Call of Duty 4 (video game)
Highlights of your musical career:
Most recently: September 2018 commission/premiere of "BURNED" for 20-part chorus by The Golden Bridge (Suzi Digby, dir.); my orchestrating of several songs for Moby's October 2018 performance with Dudamel & the LA Phil; Spring 2019 performances of my piece "Though Love Be a Day" by Chanticleer. Other highlights include the premiere of my 42' work for chorus and orchestra, "The Beautiful America," in Astoria, Queens (May 2018); Singing on "The Last Jedi" in 2017, with John Williams conducting a live orchestra; a May 2017 concert of my choral works by Ensemble 14 in Friedrichshafen, Germany as part of an American-themed Bodenseefestival; the premiere of an LA Arts Council-commissioned orchestra work, "Afterimage," in 2016; a fantastic performance of my piece Another Lullaby for Insomniacs by The Crossing (Philadelphia, PA) 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 in Lawrenceville, NJ.
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?
Darlingside, Trampled by Turtles, Hatchie, Wye Oak, TOPS, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Tennis, Small Black, Julia Holter, CHVRCHES, iamamiwhoami, Glasser, Tegan and Sara, Emma Louise...
Anything you'd like to add about yourself?
I also play piano, guitar, ukulele, and melodica. And now I'm learning the mandolin!