Department of Performing Arts
Additional Positions at AU
Director of Orchestral Activities
Matthew Brown has worked with musicians of all ages and levels ranging from elementary school string ensembles to professional orchestras. He currently is the Director of Orchestras at American University, Music Director of the International Conductors’ Festival of Kiev, Ukraine, Music Director of the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra in Virginia, and frequent adjudicator and/or guest conductor at various orchestra competitions and honors orchestra events throughout the state of Maryland. He has been invited as a guest conductor with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra in Colorado, the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra in Montana, the Heights Chamber Orchestra in Cleveland, and the Loudoun Symphony in Virginia. He has previously served as Cover Conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Canton Symphony and Music Director of the Canton Youth Symphony in Ohio, and Music Director of the Harbor Opera Company.
As Music Director of ICF Kiev, Matthew oversees all artistic operations of one of the most exciting summer festival destinations for young and emerging conductors. From an international pool of applicants, he selects conducting participants who convene each June in Kiev for two weeks of rehearsals and concerts with the Lyatoshinsky Ensemble (the 36-week professional orchestra in residence at Ukraine’s famous National House of Organ and Chamber Music) under Matthew’s mentorship, along with that of his Swiss colleague, renowned conductor and flutist Christophe Rody. At the last two festivals, Matthew has conducted the premieres of two of his own compositions dedicated to the great people of Ukraine: “In Memoriam: Maidan” and “Sunrise over the Dnipro River” (the former received an encore performance by popular demand).
As Assistant and then Associate Conductor of the Canton Symphony for five seasons, Matthew conducted over one hundred performances, including seven world premieres of commissioned works, several appearances on CSO’s Masterworks series, an annual fully-staged opera production, as well as a wide variety of family, educational and pops concerts.
Matthew graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in 2005 (MM Conducting), where he studied with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar. Other conducting teachers have included Marin Alsop, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Daniel Lewis, Michael Morgan, Edward Polochick, Lois Ferrari and Kenny Sheppard. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music History from Southwestern University in 2002 (Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa).
Matthew currently lives in Derwood, Maryland with his wife Ann and their three young children. In their spare time, Matthew and Ann are avid gardeners of food, flowers and more, and Matthew is an accomplished amateur carpenter.