As a performer of jazz and popular music, Matt has worked with Ray Charles, The Temptations, Dave Rivello, Bob Brookmeyer, Peter Erskine, Maria Schneider, Julia Dollison, Melvin Rhyne, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, and the national touring companies of Hairspray, 42nd Street, and The Producers. As a band leader and soloist, Matt has performed at jazz festivals and venues throughout the United States. |
His most recent CD, Live at Snider Hall, was released in the spring of 2008 to critical acclaim.
Matt received the Doctor of Musical Arts (Saxophone Performance and Literature) and Master of Music (Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media) degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. While at Eastman, Matt studied with Ramon Ricker. He performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Graduate Saxophone Quartet, and served as lead alto saxophone of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble. He received several student honors including the outstanding blues/pop/rock soloist from Downbeat magazine, the Arts Leadership Certificate, and the outstanding Teaching Assistant award. Matt received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. There, he performed with the UWEC Wind Ensemble and served as lead alto saxophone of the nationally acclaimed Jazz Ensemble I, which was recognized twice as the top collegiate jazz ensemble by Downbeat Magazine.
Currently, Matt is the director of jazz studies at Butler University where directs the Jazz Ensemble 1 and teaches courses in the jazz studies curriculum. In February 2009, Matt founded the Butler Youth Jazz Program, a select jazz ensemble comprised of students from the Indianapolis area. Prior to his appointment at Butler, he taught at CSU, Stanislaus and Cornell University. In 2006 he was named “Junior Faculty Member with Exceptional Promise” by the CSUS College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences. In 2006 Matt founded the Stanislaus Youth Jazz Orchestra. A committed educator, he enjoys teaching saxophone and jazz to students of all ages. More information about Matt can be found on his website, HYPERLINK "http://www.mattpivec.com" www.mattpivec.com.