Matthew Swanson, a native of southeast Iowa, is assistant conductor of the Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus, adjunct instructor of early music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and chorus master of CCM Opera. He frequently prepares choruses for performances with the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops.
As Community Engagement Coordinator for the May Festival, Matthew organizes and presents lectures and community forums on choral masterworks throughout the year. Recent conducting engagements include concerts at the Cincinnati Early Music Festival, performances with Cincinnati’s Musica Sacra, the Cambridge University Baroque Ensemble and the King’s College Music Society, and frequent appearances with ensembles at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
As a tenor, Matthew has performed with Schola Antiqua (Chicago) and the Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati). In May 2017, he will co-present sessions on the monophonic repertoire from Benevento, Italy, at the International Medieval Congress.
Matthew is Assistant Choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Cincinnati. Prior to his appointment at Redeemer, he was Master of the Schola at the Chapel of St. John Fisher, Cambridge, UK. He earned degrees in American Studies and trumpet performance at the University of Notre Dame, and holds degrees in conducting and choral music from the University of Cincinnati and King’s College, Cambridge.
He returns to BCI in Saratoga Springs for his fifth year on staff..