Phil Mattson is internationally known as a conductor, arranger, pianist and teacher. Twice nominated for Grammy Awards, his success in training young musicians for professional careers led to the establishment of The School For Music Vocations at Southwestern Community College in Creston, IA, where he is currently Director. |
Mattson has served as Director of Choral Activities at Foothill College (CA) and Gonzaga University (WA) and has taught a Pacific Lutheran University (WA) and at The Phil Mattson School (WA). His undergraduate studies in music and philosophy were done at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) summa cum laude, and his graduate degrees in choral literature and conducting at The University of Iowa as an NDEA Fellow.
Mattson has published more than 100 works for choir and vocal jazz ensemble. The Manhattan Transfer, The Real Group, Chanticleer, The Four Freshmen, The Dale Warland Singers and Beachfront Property are among groups who have commissioned his arrangements.
Mattson has conducted honor choirs and clinics throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East. He served as ACDA National Repertoire and Standards Chair for Vocal Jazz and annually conducts the Carnegie Hall Vocal Jazz Festival. Each summer Phil Mattson Vocal Jazz/Choral Workshops are presented on campuses in the United States and Canada. His ensemble, Phil Mattson and VoicesIowa, was recently honored as “Vocal Jazz Group of The Year” by Downbeat Magazine.