David Matthies, has built an impressive reputation as an outstanding conductor, singer, teacher and communicator.
He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony and the Abington Symphony and served as interim music director of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra.
He is comfortable with all styles of music from Jazz and Pops to Brahms Symphonies. He has appeared with symphonies regularly as the preferred conductor for Country Music singer, Kathy Mattea.
David Matthies completed his doctorate studies under Leon Gregorian at Michigan State University where he served as assistant conductor of the Michigan State Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Canada, Matthies has received an unprecedented four Canada Council awards for excellence in conducting. His career has spanned a wide spectrum of musical experiences from professional singer and choral conductor to college educator and symphonic conductor. Faculty appointments have included the conducting department at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario) and Brandon University (Brandon, Manitoba), and most recently DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
Prior to graduate studies, Dr. Matthies spent one year in private conducting studies with Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart Germany. During this time, he was a singer in Rilling's ensemble, the Gächinger Kantorei and also appeared as their guest conductor on several occasions. In 1992, Matthies graduated with a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College where he studied with Joseph Flummerfelt and was a member (tenor) of the famous Westminster Choir.
He currently lives in Ladera Ranch, California with his wife Carolyn and two sons, Caleb & Quinn.
Professor of Music, DePauw University, Spring 2003. Conductor
of the DePauw University Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus
and Chamber Choir. Professor of Conducting.
Professor of Conducting, Westminster Choir College (Interim) Conductor
of Westminster Singers
Canadian Mennonite Bible College
University of Winnipeg
(Choral Conducting) Westminster Choir College
(Orchestral Conducting) Michigan State University
Conducting studies at the International Bach-Akademie, Stuttgart
and member of the Gächinger Kantorei.
Conducting studies with Helmuth Rilling, George Wiebe, William
Baerg, Constantina Tsolainou, Joseph Flummerfelt, Charles K. Smith,
Gustav Meier, Leon Gregorian.
studies with Henrietta Schellenberg, Dorothy Lawson, Mel Braun,
Thomas Faracco, and Paul Hartfield.
Director, Pottstown Symphony Orchestra (Interim)
Associate Conductor Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra
Assistant Conductor, Michigan State University Symphony Orchestras
of Choral Activities, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario
Director, Sudbury Chamber Singers
Director, Sudbury Bel Canto Choir
of Choral Activities, Brandon University
Director, Mennonite Collegiate Institute
Recipient of four Canada Council grants for excellence in conducting
Bach Festival Choir Singer (1988)
of CBC Hymn Sing and the Winnipeg Singers (1986-1988).
conductor of the Interlochen Arts Academy Choir, Mennonite Community
Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Battle Creek Symphony
Orchestra, Michigan State University Symphony, Philharmonic, Campus
and Chamber Orchestras, Abington Symphony Orchestra, Pottstown
Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis