Matthew Dion 22, is a native of Somerset Massachusetts and a M.M. candidate in Sacred Music (organ) at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music where he studies organ with Daryl Robinson. He also serves as a musicology teaching assistant under Dr. Matthew Dirst, department chair.
Matthew received his Bachelor of Music degree in Organ and a Minor in Music History at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin OH where he studied organ with Dr. Jonathan Moyer, James David Christie, and Arvid Gast.
His other teachers include Jean-Baptiste Robin, Dr. Steven Young, Madeleine Grace, and Normand Gingras for organ; Erik Thompson for piano; Mark Edwards for harpsichord and continuo; Dr. Steven Plank and Dr. James O’Leary for Musicology; and Dr. Tiffany Chang for conducting.
Some notable performance venues include; Old West Church, Boston MA, Kings Chapel, Boston MA, Village Church UCC, Wellesley MA, Grace Episcopal Church, Providence RI, Saint Anne's Church and Shrine, Fall River MA, Saint Anthony's Church, New Bedford MA, Saint Mary's Church, Newport RI, Saint Stanislaus Church, Cleveland OH, Trinity Lutheran Church, Cleveland OH, Church of the Covenant, Cleveland OH, and Olmsted Community Church, Olmsted Falls OH.
While Matthew's repertoire varies significantly, he specializes in the music of North German composers of the 17th and 18th centuries, French Classical Music of the 17th and 18th centuries, and 20th Century French music, especially the music of blind French composer and organist Jean Langlais. Matthew is considered one of the young leaders in the United States of the performance of his music.
Matthew is a 2019 winner of the Audrey Mollard Scholarship for Organ from the Tuesday Musical Association in Akron OH. He is also a 2019 Second prize winner of the AGO RCYO/Quimby Organ Competition (chapter round) held in Boston Massachusetts. Matthew is a 2015-16 recipient of the YOI (Young Organists Initiative) Scholarship from the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Appointed in September 2021, Matthew serves as Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in Houston Texas. In addition to his duties as organist at the Cathedral, he also serves at accompanist of the Treble Choir of Houston. Most recently, Matthew served as organist and director of "Music under the Steeple" concert series at First Presbyterian Church in Huron OH.
He serves as sub-dean for the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of the American Guild of Organists term running from 2021-2023.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys traveling, cooking, rollercoasters and spending time with his dog, an English Cocker Spaniel named Elizabeth.
He has also traveled to France to coach with numerous French organists including Marie-Louise Langlais and Vincent Warnier. Matthew additionally has been involved in masterclasses for many keyboard organizations including; The Montreal Organ Festival, American Guild of Organists, and the Westfield Keyboard Society. He has appeared in classes taught by Kola Owolabi, Cherry Rhodes, Peter Sykes, Christa Rakich, Nicole Keller, Alan Morrison, Ken Cowan and Matthew Dirst. Matthew is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, and the Boston Clavichord Society.
Matthew performs as a solo organist throughout the United States. As a collaborative musician, he has recently been a featured accompanist and soloist with the West Shore Chorale in Lakewood OH under the direction of John Drotleff, the Oberlin College Choir/Musical Union under the direction of Dr. Gregory Ristow, and the Oberlin Arts and Sciences orchestra under the direction of Dr. Tiffany Chang. At Oberlin, he performed and recorded the Saint-Saëns "Organ Symphony" (2019) and movements of Cécile Chaminade's Messe pour deux voix égales (2021). In addition, Matthew is a founding member and organist in Reeds and Keys, an oboe and organ duo where he performs with his partner and oboist, Anne Pinkerton.