Matthew F. Reese

Research Interests

Conducting | Americanist Musicology | Music & Culture at the Fin de Siècle | British Music | Music and Theology


Matthew F. Reese is an American conductor active on both sides of the Atlantic. He currently conducts the Washington Young Sinfonia and was most recently music director of the English chamber orchestra, Consortium Novum. In his three years with CN, the ensemble was active on both the concert platform and in the opera pit, with a repertory ranging from Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro to Stravinsky’s Petrushka, and Strauss’s Tod und Verklärung. He concluded his CN tenure with a charity performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in aid of homelessness relief.

A recipient of Oxford’s conducting prize, Matthew has held the Music Directorships of the Oxford University Philharmonia (2016–17), the Oxford University Wind Orchestra (2015–16), and The Choir of Pusey House (2017–18). In 2016, he was named the University’s inaugural Conducting Scholar, assistant-conducting the St. Anne’s Camerata. Matthew has studied conducting under the Celibidache student, Angel Gil-Ordóñez (PostClassical), Paul Spicer (Finzi Singers), Akiko Fujimoto (Minnesota Orchestra), and with the Haydn scholar, James Armstrong (William & Mary).

Matthew holds degrees from the College of William & Mary (BA) and the University of Oxford (M.Phil, 2016; D.Phil, 2020). He is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Musicology at the Peabody Institute and The Johns Hopkins University, as well as cover conductor for the National Orchestral Institute. Recent assistantships include the Georgetown University Symphony Orchestra and the Annapolis Symphony Academy.

In addition to his work as a conductor, Matthew is also a cellist and a tenor. He holds a Lay Clerkship at the Episcopal church of Grace & St. Peter’s, Baltimore, and regularly deputizes with the Choirs of Men and Boys, and Men and Girls at Washington National Cathedral.

Area of proposed thesis

Matthew’s research, supervised by Prof. Peter Franklin, concerns European composer tours to the United States at the fin de siècle, notably those of Richard Strauss (1904), Camille Saint-Saëns, and Alexander Scriabin (1906–07). He successfully defended in October 2019, and his thesis was then accepted by the university examiners. He formally graduates in the ceremony on 18 July 2020.


Brasenose College Junior Deanship
St. Anne’s College Balfour Research Scholarship
Joan Conway Scholarship in Performance Studies
Faculty Performance Tuition Grants

Subjects Taught

The Johns Hopkins University
& The Peabody Institute:

Music History III: Beethoven – Brahms (Undergraduate survey, Fall ’18; 2 Sections; PY.610.313)
Mahler in America (Graduate seminar, Spring ’19; PY.610.614)
English Music from Dunstaple to Adès (Graduate seminar, Fall ’19; PY.610.605)
Great Books (Undergraduate freshman seminar, Fall ’19; AS.360.133)
Wagner (Graduate seminar, Spring ’20; PY.610.692)
Music in the Time of Troubles: Revolution, Reformation, & 16th Century Europe (Undergraduate seminar, Spring ’20; AS.376.401)
Expanding the Canon: Women Composers & Composers of Color (Online graduate seminar, Summer ’20 + associated course development; PY.610.683)

The University of Oxford:
Prelims: ‘Strauss & Women’, Prof. Laura Tunbridge
FHS: ‘Modernism in Vienna’, Prof. Jonathan Cross
[Exeter, St. Hugh’s, and St. Peter’s Colleges]