Matthew Larson

Minister of Music

Matthew Larson received his Doctorate in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University in 2001 under the tutelage of Eckart Sellheim. An accomplished accompanist, Dr. Larson has played over 500 recitals in the United States and Austria. He has worked with such artists as Metropolitan Opera stars Carol Vaness, Maria Sacagna, Jennifer Larmore, and Sherrill Milnes; Academy of Ancient Music director Christopher Hogwood; vocal pedagogy pioneer Richard Miller; and the eminent collaborative artist Dalton Baldwin, with whom Matthew was invited to study in New York.

As a church musician, Dr. Larson has served as vocal soloist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Storrs, CT; Center Church (UCC), Hartford, CT; and St. Joseph’s Cathedral (Catholic Archdiocese), Hartford, CT. He was organist and pianist at Center Church, Hartford, CT; Unity of the Southwest in Scottsdale, AZ; King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe, AZ; and Scottsdale Congregational Church (UCC) in Scottsdale, AZ.

Dr. Larson’s vast knowledge of vocal repertoire has led him to play for many competitions and auditions, including the Metropolitan Opera Guild, San Francisco Opera, National Association of Teachers of Singing, NATS Artist Auditions, National Federated Music Clubs, Music Teachers National Association, Rosa Ponselle Competition, and The American Music Competition. He has held the positions of Assistant Conductor and Pianist for Boston Lyric Opera, Assistant Music Director for the University of Connecticut Voice and Opera Program, Staff Accompanist for Arizona State University School of Music, Vocal Coach and Music Director for A.S.U. Lyric Opera Theater, Staff Pianist for The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Music Director of Opera Providence, Vocal Coach for Boston University’s Opera Institute, Staff Pianist for Opera New England, and Staff Pianist for yale University Opera. A sought-after clinician, Dr. Larson has been guest artist or artist-in-residence in Chamber Music and Collaborative Piano at Yale University, Brown University, Harvard University, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Arizona State University, Wheaton College, University of Connecticut, and Eastern Mennonite University.

Dr. Larson has studied piano with the late Mathilde Weaver (Orange, CT), Neal Larrabee and Petter Juel-Larsen (UCONN), and Eckart Sellheim (Graz, Austria and ASU). He has also studied fortepiano with Eckhart Sellheim, Collaborative Pianto with Mr. Sellheim and Dalton Baldwin (NY), Harpsichord with Christa Rakish (CT), Organ with Marilyn Beiry (CT), and hard with Marian Rian-Hays (Graz, Austria).

Currently, Dr. Larson serves as Vocal Coach for Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artist Vocal Program, as Music Director of the University of Connecticut Opera Program, and Director of Music at First Congregational Church of Milton, located in Milton, Mass.