Dr. Matthew Valverde is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at Adams State University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance and literature with a minor in vocal pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), from which he also holds a master’s in vocal performance. Dr. Valverde also holds a master’s in choral conducting in addition to bachelor degrees from Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX).
An avid concert soloist, Matthew has performed in Texas and New York in performances of Bach’s Magnificat and St. John Passion, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Vaughn Williams’s Serenade to Music, Mozart’s Requiem, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and War Requiem, and Verdi’s Requiem. He has been a featured soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestera, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society, the Finger Lakes Choral Festival, and the Eastman School’s orchestras. Dr. Valverde was the tenor soloist in the 2015 New York premiere of Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus, RV 807 with First Inversion Vocal Ensemble.
Matthew made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2014 with the RPO as Jonathan Banks in Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount. Recent operatic appearences include Gastone in Verdi’s La traviata with Finger Lakes Opera (Geneseo, NY) and the title role in John Musto's Bastianello with Rochester Lyric Opera. Matthew has appeared with the Eastman Opera Theatre as Sam in Weill’s Street Scene, as Paolino in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, as Vašek in Smetana’s Bartered Bride, and as Robert in Hindemith’s Hin und züruck. He has performed the role of Don José in Marius Constant’s adaptation of La Tragédie de Carmen with the TCU Opera Studio and was a guest artist as Apollonia in Haydn’s La canterina with the Nazareth College Opera. Equally comfortable as choral singer and conductor, Matthew has performed with the Internationale Bachakademie’s Festivalensemble Stuttgart (Helmuth Rilling), Vox Humana (David Childs), Voices Chamber Choir (William Weinert), and First Inversion Vocal Ensemble (Lee Wright). Dr. Valverde prepared and conducted TCU choirs in Haydn’s Nelsonmesse and Poulenc’s Gloria and served as festival choral director at the Clear Creek Music Festival in Halfway, Oregon for three summers. Dr. Valverde has a passion for teaching and vocal pedagogy and was awarded Eastman’s 2013 Teaching Assistant Prize. He has served on the voice faculties of Nazareth College (Rochester, NY), the Eastman Community Music School, the Clear Creek Music Festival, and at Summer@Eastman’s Music Horizons program.