Matthew F. Reese

Research Interests

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

Biography

Matthew F. Reese is an American conductor, cellist, and tenor, active on both sides of the Atlantic. A recipient of Oxford’s prestigious conducting prize, Matthew has held the Music Directorships of both the Oxford University Philharmonia (2016-2017), and the Oxford University Wind Orchestra (2015-2017), and currently directs the emerging chamber orchestra, Consortium Novum. In 2016, he was named the University’s inaugural ‘Conducting Scholar’, assisting Maestro John Traill and the St Anne’s Camerata. As an active theatre conductor, Matthew has recently conducted performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte, as well as Purcell’s Dioclesian.

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). He has participated in masterclasses with Leon Botstein, Harold Farberman, Mark Gibson, Marios Papadopoulos, and Markand Thakar. His principal cello study occurred with Neal Cary (Principal, Richmond Symphony), a pupil of Leonard Rose, and with Judith Shiffers (Israel Chamber Orchestra), a student of Orlando Cole and Paul Tortelier.

Equally at home in the choir stalls, Matthew currently sings with the Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford, and as a Deputy Lay Clerk in the Choirs of Men & Boys, and Men & Girls at Washington National Cathedral. He also serves as Master of the Music at Pusey House, Oxford, conducting one of the University’s premier mixed-voice chamber choirs. Matthew earned his B.A. magna cum laude with High Honours in Music from America’s second-oldest university, the College of William & Mary (1693), where he is the founding Music Director Emeritus of the William & Mary Schola Cantorum. Matthew also holds an M.Phil in Musicology from the University of Oxford, where he is currently a doctoral candidate in Music.

Area of proposed thesis

Matthew’s research, supervised by Prof. Owen Rees, and Prof. Peter Franklin, concerns European composer tours to the United States at the Fin de Siècle, notably those of Max Bruch (1883), Richard Strauss (1904), Edward Elgar (1905), Camille Saint-Saëns and Alexander Scriabin (1906).

Funding

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

Matthew’s participation at the Miami Music Festival, summer 2017, is generously underwritten by MMF and the University of Oxford Faculty of Music.

Subjects Taught

Prelims: “Strauss & Women”, Prof. Laura Tunbridge
FHS: “Modernism in Vienna”, Prof. Jonathan Cross
[Exeter, St. Hugh’s, and St. Peter’s Colleges]