|Matt sang "What a Wonderful World" at the Roseville Big Band's June 7, 2005, rehearsal.|
Matt is a 2005 graduate of Roseville Area High School (RAHS). He has been very involved in the music programs during his high school years, participating in the choirs, singing both classical and vocal jazz, and playing violin in the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, while also playing piano in chamber ensembles and performing as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra.
On the May 25, 2005, RAHS concert, he performed the first movement (Moderato) of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2 with the Symphony Orchestra. He had previously performed the second movement with the Lutheran Summer Music National Academy orchestra, after winning their concerto competition in 2004.
On the May 24, 2005, senior recital concert, he performed the piano part of a violin-paino duo, sang a vocal duet, and sang bass in a men's quartet.
Matt won the 2005 Director's Award for the RAHS senior choir, Cantus Certus. He also received the 2005 music department faculty scholarship, given to an outstanding senior who plans to major in music.
He will major in Piano Performance at Santa Clara University in California in the fall. He is planning to do a second major, probably in physics, and is also interested in studying the Japanese language.
In his spare time, Matthew is active in his church, singing with the youth choir and ushering for services. He has recently taken up the drums and performs in a student band. He also enjoys composing electronic music on his computer.
Matt sang "What a Wonderful World" with Cantus Certus on the May 25, 2005, concert and performed the song (in a different arrangement) with the Roseville Big Band on the June 14, 2005, concert in Central Park.