Matthew W Mehaffey
Matthew W Mehaffey
Associate Professor of Music, Associate Director of Choral Activities
Matthew Mehaffey is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota, where he conducts the University Singers and Men's Chorus, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Conducting and Literature. He is also the Artistic Director of the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, a role he assumed in 2008. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Mehaffey holds degrees from Bucknell University (B.M.), Westminster Choir College (M.M.), and the University of Arizona (D.M.A).
Recent engagements include work with Washington National Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, VocalEssence, Minnesota Chorale, Singers in Accord, and Turner Network Television. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of rehearsal technique and is a frequent guest conductor of festival choruses. He is the author of Choral Ensemble Intonation and the editor of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, both for GIA Publications. He recently co-authored (with colleague Kathy Romey) a chapter on American choral music for the internationally released, The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music. In 2014 he will serve as the chorus master and guest conductor for the Prague Proms, where he will conduct the festival chorus and the Czech National Philharmonic.
Additionally, Dr. Mehaffey serves as Director of Music at Hamline United Methodist Church in St. Paul. He enjoys golf, baseball, and curling in his spare time. He lives with his wife Libby, daughters Veda, Colette and Summer, and their dog Bettis.
- choral music pedagogy
- choral music and performance
- choral music instruction
- D.M.A.: Choral Conducting and Historical Musicology, University of Arizona, Tucson, 2001.
- M.M.: Choral Conducting, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1999.
- B.M.: Musical Education, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 1997.
- Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, Volume III. Mehaffey, Matthew, Heather Buchanan, GIA Publications, Co-Editor, 2011. Link
- Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, Volume II. Mehaffey, Matthew, Heather Buchanan, GIA Publications, Co-Editor, 2007.
- Teaching Music through Performance in Choir. Mehaffey, Matthew, Buchanan, H., GIA, 2004.
- Choral Ensemble Intonation: Methods, Procedures and Exercises. Mehaffey, Matthew, Jordan, J., GIA, 2001.
- Associate Director of Choral Activities, University of Minnesota: 2005
- Artistic Director: Oratorio Society of Minnesota , 8/2008
- Director of Music: St. Clement's Episcopal Church , 2010 -
- Director of Choral Activities, George Washington University: 2001 - 2005
- Viri Animarum, Founder, Singer, and Co-Artistic Director: 2002
- Men's Chorus
- Graduate Choral Literature Seminar
- Concert Choir