Houston Chamber Choir Choral Conducting Intern, Matthew L. Hazzard is an award-winning Filipino-American composer, conductor, singer, and educator. His music has garnered numerous accolades: he was named the winner of the 2021 California Choral Directors Association George Heussenstamm Composition Competition, the 2017 American Choral Directors Association Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Competition, True Concord’s inaugural Stephen Paulus Emerging Composers Competition, and several others. His music is increasingly commissioned and performed by ensembles around the world, including the Bob Cole Chamber Choir, the Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo, the Choral Project, the Portland State Chamber Choir, and more.
About April Harris:
April joins our team from the East Coast, where her 10-year Arts Management career blossomed and immersed her into several artistic disciplines such as classical theater, musical theater, instrumental music, and visual art. You’ll consistently find April volunteering with arts programs in her surrounding communities to ensure that exposure to artistic creation and performance continues with the next generations. She credits her commitment to supporting the arts to her own early exposure to performance art in school and extracurricular activities.
April Matthew Hazzard:
Matthew Hazzard is an award-winning Filipino-American conductor and composer. He earned his M.M. in Choral Conducting from the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University Long Beach, and his M.A.T. and B.M. in Music Composition from East Carolina University. Prior to graduate studies, Hazzard taught high school for four years where his choirs received consistently superior ratings. At CSULB, Hazzard directed the Bel Canto treble ensemble, the Cantus tenor-bass ensemble, and the Bob Cole Chamber Choir. He conducted CSULB choirs at regional festivals, and received the top University Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity. Hazzard is in his final year of the Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Houston, where he directed the University Women’s Chorus and Soundscape treble ensemble. For the last two seasons, he has served as a rehearsal conductor for the Houston Symphony Chorus.
Hosts and Co-Producers: April Harris and Matthew Hazzard
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