Dr. Matthew Taylor ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MUSIC-SAXOPHONE
Matt Taylor is an American saxophonist and teacher who loves sounds. He devotes his life to helping people rediscover the joy of listening, using music as a tool to make sense of the world and connect with others. His provocative concerts often include collaborations with other musicians, artists and dancers, drawing upon all of the arts to tell a story. Although his performances include works from all musical eras, he places special focus on music written by living composers from the past 20 years, and is responsible for many commissions and premieres in the United States and Europe.
He has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble player, including performances with Miami Beach’s New World Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, The National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center, Great Noise Ensemble, and Mercury Soul with DJ Masonic, and has also backed artists including Patti Austin, Linda Eder, The Temptations, Frank Sinatra, Jr and Quincy Jones, among others. He was the founding artistic director of the new music ensemble T.E.M.P.O. at the University of Maryland. When he is not on stage, Matt is happiest spending time with students--teaching, giving masterclasses, coaching student ensembles and participating in residencies at universities around the country.
Before accepting his current position at Morehead State University, Matt developed and implemented a music curriculum for at-risk kids in downtown Miami, Florida, where he taught students about Boulez, Steve Reich, and Mozart, and they taught him about Celia Cruz, Drake, and V.I.C.
Matt has a doctorate from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, where he was a fellow of the Henry Mancini Institute. His master's degree is from the University of Maryland, and he holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas Honors College. He also completed study in saxophone and Contemporary Chamber Music at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Bordeaux in Southwestern France. His principal teachers have included Dale Underwood, Marie-Bernadette Charrier, and Jackie Lamar (saxophone); Whit Sidener, Gary Keller, Troy Roberts, and Curt Sipe (jazz), and Gary Green and Michael Hancock (conducting).
Matt is an artist/clinician for the Conn Selmer Corporation, and performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones. In his free time, he has secretly written more than 300 haiku, which he shares with no one.