Matthew Schlomer, D.M.A.
Conductor Matthew Schlomer is an international artist whose creativity flourishes in many genres. His diverse background as a saxophonist, composer, arranger, dancer, actor, and an award-winning visual artist informs his unique approach to performance and concert programming. He avidly pursues collaborations and has created works with writers, chefs, actors, poets, rap artists, singers, filmmakers, choreographers, and visual artists. As a promoter of new music, he regularly commissions and premieres works that explore the intersections of different art forms.
Currently, Schlomer is a conductor and instructor of saxophone at the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. There he founded the Composer's Sandbox project and has performed with luminaries such as James Galway, John Bruce Yeh, Timothy McAllister, Emil Khudyev, Linda Strommen, Vincent DiMartino, Gerry Pagano, and Matthew Lyon, to name a few. Past positions have included conducting residencies with the Traverse City Dance Project and the experimental percussion group Clocks in Motion, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Luther College, Edgewood College, and other public and private schools grades 5-12. Schlomer is an active guest conductor and clinician who has presented his innovative pedagogy to national and international audiences.
Dr. Schlomer holds masters and doctoral degrees in instrumental conducting with a minor concentration in dance from the University of Wisconsin, a bachelor degree in music education from the University of Colorado at Boulder with an emphasis in Arts Administration, and a gold medal in saxophone from Bordeaux Regional Conservatory in France. While at UW-Madison he studied conducting with Scott Teeple and twice received the Richard Church Memorial Conducting Award. His studies in movement theory and dance with Kate Corby and Mary Brennan inspire his ongoing research into the synthesis of the body satisfying the artistic desire.
The mission of my teaching is to facilitate the personal growth of each student by inspiring curiosity, celebrating discovery, and offering empathy and compassion. With over 25 years of teaching experience, I offer students varied strategies to apply to their unique goals as musicians and members of a global community.
Conductor-in-residence, International Music Project, Italy
American Prize for Wind Ensemble Performance
Finalist, George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education
Richard Church Memorial Conducting Award
Gold Medal, Saxophone, Bordeaux Regional Conservatory, France
Level 3 Certification- Ploger Method
B.Mus.E. - University of Colorado at Boulder
M.M., Instrumental Conducting - University of Wisconsin-Madison
D.M.A., Instrumental Conducting - University of Wisconsin-Madison