1952–

1952, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

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Matthews be­gan his mu­sic­al stu­dies at age four, on pi­a­no. At age eight, he be­gan trum­pet stu­dy with the for­mer first chair of the Phil­a­del­phia Or­ches­tra. He be­gan his or­gan stu­dies at the age 12, and took his first church or­gan­ist po­si­tion at age 14.

Having re­ceived a Phil­a­del­phia Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mu­sic schol­ar­ship, he did his un­der­grad­u­ate work in Church Mu­sic and Or­gan at West­min­ster Choir College, where he grad­u­at­ed mag­na cum laude and re­ceived both the Sen­ior Class Con­duct­ing Aw­ard and the Chris­tian Lead­er­ship Aw­ard. Dur­ing this time, he rep­re­sent­ed the Prince­ton ar­ea col­lege com­mun­i­ty at the an­nu­al Pre­si­den­tial Pray­er Break­fast in Washin­gton, DC.

Matthews received a Mas­ter of Mu­sic de­gree in Chor­al Con­duct­ing from Tem­ple Un­i­ver­si­ty. At the age 22, he was asked to con­duct the Je­ru­sa­lem Cham­ber Or­ches­tra for a re­cord­ing pro­ject in Tel Aviv, Is­ra­el. He al­so con­duct­ed the na­tion­al tour of this pro­ject through­out ma­jor Am­er­i­can ci­ties the fol­low­ing year.

In 1976, at age 23, Mat­thews was in­vit­ed to join the fa­cul­ty of Ny­ack Col­lege in Ny­ack, New York as the Di­rec­tor of Chor­al Ac­tiv­i­ties. In 1981, he re­ceived his Doc­tor of Mus­ic­al Arts de­gree from Combs Col­lege of Mu­sic in Com­po­si­tion with an em­pha­sis in Or­ches­tral Con­duct­ing. Twice, he was the guest con­duc­tor at the an­nu­al per­for­mance of Mes­si­ah at the West Point Cha­pel, fea­tur­ing a com­bined com­mun­i­ty chor­us of 300 sing­ers with pro­fes­sion­al or­ches­tra.

In 1980, Mat­thews ac­cept­ed the post of Or­gan­ist-Mu­sic Di­rec­tor of Cal­va­ry Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Wil­low Grove, Penn­syl­van­ia. In 2005, he ac­cept­ed the call of Pas­tor of Wor­ship Arts at Church of the Sav­iour in Wayne, Penn­syl­van­ia, where he was pre­sid­ing as of 2008. From 1982–92, he was the Chair of the De­part­ment of Mu­sic at Phil­a­del­phia Bib­li­cal Un­i­ver­si­ty (now Cairn Un­i­ver­si­ty).

Since 1992, Mat­thews has been Pro­fes­sor of Mu­sic and Dir­ec­tor of Mu­sic Pro­grams at East­ern Un­i­ver­si­ty. He is the Chair of the Fine and Per­form­ing Arts Di­vi­sion and Chair of the Mu­sic De­part­ment. In ad­di­tion to his un­i­ver­si­ty and church posts, he con­ducts the Ju­bi­la­te Deo Chor­ale and Or­ches­tra of New Jer­sey, a 75-voice au­di­tion­ed chor­ale and a 65-piece pro­fes­sion­al or­ches­tra, per­form­ing sac­red and clas­sic­al chor­al and or­ches­tral mu­sic. He is a com­mis­sioned and pub­lished com­pos­er, and is active in coach­ing, ac­com­pa­ny­ing and cham­ber mu­sic.

Matthews was a Thom­as F. Sta­ley Found­a­tion lec­tur­er/ar­tist, and serves on sev­er­al pro­fes­sion­al and de­nom­in­a­tion­al boards and task forc­es. He pe­rforms reg­u­lar­ly with his bro­ther, Rev. Dr. Ga­ry Mat­thews, in conc­erts and work­shops through­out the Unit­ed States and Can­a­da. They have re­leased six re­cord­ings of his­tor­ic and con­tem­po­ra­ry church mu­sic.

Matthews holds Choir Mas­ter and Col­league cer­ti­fi­ca­tions with the Amer­i­can Guild of Or­gan­ists and comp­leted a four-year fa­cul­ty de­vel­op­ment grant for jazz stu­dy. He is list­ed in num­er­ous in­te­rna­tion­al and na­tion­al civ­ic and pro­fess­ion­al Who’s Who pub­li­ca­tions.

  1. Hutchby
  2. Keck
  3. Krewson
  4. Langhorne
  5. Willow Grove
  6. Wilmington