Matthew Hoch - Conducting
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Matthew Hoch conducting at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rome, GA


Dr. Hoch is currently Choirmaster and Minister of Music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn, Alabama, where he plans, rehearses, and conducts service music and anthems in the Anglican tradition. From 2010–2012, he served in a similar position as Choirmaster and Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rome, Georgia. He has also served as a guest conductor for church festivals, AGO chapter clinics, and high school honor choirs.

From 2006–2008, he directed the Shorter Chorus at Shorter College; under his direction, the Chorus performed repertoire in ten languages and explored many genres, including the Viennese mass, the Italian canzonetta, the English oratorio and carol, Jewish liturgical music, French operetta, the African-American spiritual, American Broadway repertoire, and a variety of contemporary octavos. From 2005–2006, Dr. served as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County, where he conducted the Red Cedar Choir, a community-based ensemble that drew its singers from Northern Wisconsin.

Before returning to graduate and doctoral school, Dr. Hoch served as Director of Music and Drama at Thomas A. Edison High School in Elmira Heights, New York. As an undergraduate at Ithaca College, he was the Dana Intern and Assistant Conductor of the Ithaca Children’s Choir, with whom he toured Spain in the summer of 1998. He has directed church choirs in New York, Connecticut, and Wisconsin. In 2007, he studied with the choral legend Alice Parker on a Melodious Accord Fellowship. His conducting teachers have included Edward Bolkovac and Janet Galván.

As a professional chorister, Dr. Hoch has performed and recorded with some of the premiere choral ensembles of the United States, including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Conspirare, the Minnesota Chorale, Handel and Haydn Society, Woodland Scholars, Vox Consort, CONCORA, Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, the Alchemy Project, the Crossing, and the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. In Spoleto, he recorded Gian Carlo Menotti’s Saint of Bleecker Street and Cantatas under the direction of Gian Carol Menotti, Richard Hickox, and Donald Nally; both recordings are available on the Chandos label.

He has been a participant in six Carnegie Hall Professional Choral Workshops, where he has sung under the batons of Peter Schreier, Charles Dutoit, Robert Spano, and Helmuth Rilling. From 2005–2012, he served as a tenured member of the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus under the direction of Maestro Rilling. With this Grammy-award winning group, he recently recorded the complete cycle of Haydn’s late masses for Hänssler Classics, as well as the world-premieres of Felix Mendelssohn's Der Onkel von Boston (2005) and Sven-David Sandström's Messiah (2009). He also participated in two “digital Bach projects”: St Matthew Passion (2012) and B Minor Mass (2010). In 2012, Dr. Hoch was the bass section leader for Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy under the direction of Anton Armstrong.



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