Martha K. Matthews

Résumé

 

Summary

Energetic musician specializing in instruction and development of music programs. Consistently encourages open communication between department employees.  Flexible, versatile and skilled at maintaining excellent standards.

 

 

Highlights

  • Award winning conductor

  • Superior band competition ratings

  • Positive and encouraging

  • Meticulous administrative skills

  • Editing and graphic design

  • Experienced manager of adults

 

  • Word

  • Excel

  • Alere Accounting

  • Smart Music

  • Finale

 

 

Education

M.Mus. Flute Performance    University of Idaho, Moscow, ID          1992

B.Mus.  Music Education       Houghton College, Houghton, NY     1987

 

 

Current Professional Activity

Handbell Director

Kalamazoo Ringers, Kalamazoo, MI                                                                                             2018-present

Director of longest continually running professional-level community handbell ensemble in the United States. Collaboration with Kalamazoo Male Chorus, Kalamazoo Brass.

 

Handbell Director

Csehy Summer School of Music, Langhorne, PA                                                                        2003-present

Ensemble experience for advanced high school piano and voice majors at intense summer music camp.

 

Teaching Experience

Founder and Director

Philadelphia Bronze, Bryn Mawr, PA                                                                                                 2007-2017

Professional level handbell ensemble featuring highest-level classical and contemporary repertoire. Collaboration with National Constitution Center, Liberty Bell, Longwood Gardens, Westminster Brass, Handbell Musicians of America.

 

Adjunct Professor of Woodwind Methods   

Eastern University, St. David’s, PA                                                                                                     2013-2017

            Taught flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon to Music Education majors.

            Developed curriculum using Smart Music program.

            Supervised students in development of lesson plans and classroom management.

 

Band Director                        

Delaware County Christian School, Newtown Square, PA                                                              2008-2011

            Conducted and directed middle and high school bands. 

Consistently won Music in the Parks competitions.

Conducted rehearsals, concerts and high school musicals. 

Formulated successful band and private lesson strategies.

            Supervised private lesson program and teachers.

 

Orchestra Director                 

The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, PA                                                                                                  2007-2008

            Conducted and directed middle and lower school orchestras. 

Toured Italy as instrumental ensemble director.

 

Adjunct Music Professor      

Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA                                                                                             2005-2007

Taught music history using Grout, Machlis and other sources. 

Developed Basic Experiences in Music course, incorporating history, theory, education,

theology and philosophy of music in school and worship. 

Directed flute ensemble. 

Taught private flute lessons.

 

Handbell Director        

Delaware County Christian School, Newtown Square, PA                                                              1999-2000

            Directed auditioned high school handbell ensemble.

 

General Music Teacher                     

Westminster Academy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL                                                                                      1992-1998

Developed junior high general music curriculum incorporating history, theory and handbells.

 

Music Teacher                                   

South Colonie Schools, Colonie, NY                                                                                                1988-1990

Taught high school theory and instrumental music.   

Utilized Silver Burdett curriculum in elementary and special education music classes.

 

General Music Teacher                     

Schenectady City Schools, Schenectady, NY                                                                                   1987-1988

            Taught junior high general music choral classes. 

 

Additional Professional Experience

Philadelphia Regional Director, Alliance of Christian Musicians                                                    2004-2017

Director of Sales, Malmark Bellcraftsmen, Inc.,                                                                               2015-2016

Handbell Director, Proclamation Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA                                          2001-2015

PA State Representative, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers                                        2005-2009

Membership Chairman, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Area IV                           1997-1999

Handbell Director, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale, FL                                     1993-1998

Handbell Director, Camp-of-the-Woods, Speculator, NY                                                    1993-96, 2001-02

Music/Band Director, Camp-of-the Woods, Speculator, NY                                                          1994-1995

Music Staff, Camp-of-the-Woods, Speculator, NY                                                              1981-1986, 89, 93

 

Additional Accomplishments

Composes and arranges handbell repertoire

Composes and arranges flute repertoire

Mentors new composers

 

Publication

Offering Our Best:  Nurturing Ringers Toward Effective Worship, Overtones, Handbell Musicians of America National Magazine, March/April 2007

Sharing a Legacy:  Handbells at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Overtones, Handbell Musicians of America National Magazine, March/April 2016

Authored articles and reviews, Alliance of Christian Musicians Magazine

 

Flute Performance

Artist in Residence, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

Principal Flutist, Florida Wind Symphony

Flute/Piccolo, Gold Coast Opera

Flute/Piccolo, Florida Symphonic Pops

Flute Soloist, Spokane Symphony

Principal Flutist, Washington Idaho Symphony

Principal Flutist, Continental Orchestra

Principal Flutist, New York State Band Director’s Association Wind Ensemble

 

Flute Study

Studied:          Gary Schocker, David Cramer, Christine Nield, Richard Hahn,

                        John Oberbrunner, Joanna Bassett, Lois Wilt, Mark Russo, Jean Hayes

Masterclass:   James Galway, Bonita Boyd

 

Handbell Collaboration

Don Allured, Christine Anderson, Jeffrey Bayshore, David Davidson, Cynthia Dobrinski, Louise Frier, David Harris, Kevin McChesney, Hart Morris, Mary Kay Parrish, William Payn, Douglas Schoen, Arnold Sherman, Tammy Waldrop, Timothy Waugh