Style: Pop; Opera; Jazz; Folk; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Associate Professor of Voice, Friends University
Bio: Matthew Schloneger, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Voice at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, where he teaches Opera Workshop, Diction, Vocal Literature and Vocal Pedagogy. He served as voice professor at Hesston College from 2001-2017, where he was Chair of the Fine Arts Department and Director of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series in addition to teaching in the areas of applied voice and musical theatre. He holds a doctorate in vocal pedagogy from the University of Kansas (Lawrence), a master of music degree in voice from the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music, a bachelor’s in music and sociology from Goshen (Ind.) College and an associate of arts from Hesston College. He completed post-graduate studies at the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano in Milan, Italy, where he was a Rotary Scholar, and has a certificate in French language from the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
An active performer in opera and oratorio, Matthew has performed principal roles with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Operafestival di Roma, Wichita Grand Opera, Opera Kansas, Whitewater Opera, Sorg Opera, Opera for the Young, Opera Theatre of Lucca and others. Favorite roles include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Nanki-Poo in The Mikado. As a concert artist, he has performed as tenor soloist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, the Messiah Festival of Music and Art in Lindsborg, Kan., the Wichita Choral Society, the Coro Bach di Milano and the Lucca Festival Orchestra (Italy), among others. Matthew performs frequently and has released two albums with The Sunflower Trio, a vocal chamber music trio which includes his wife, violinist Rebecca Schloneger, and Ken Rodgers, piano and organ.
Matthew’s research interests have focused on singers’ health. He is the 2017 winner of the Van Lawrence Fellowship of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Voice Foundation, honoring one voice teacher nationally each year for excellence in teaching and voice science. He was also awarded Best Research Poster at the NATS National Convention in 2014 and Best Student Presentation at the Voice Foundation Symposium in 2015. His research has been published in the Journal of Voice and the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing. As a teacher, he specializes in both classical and musical theatre/pop singing techniques, and past students have gone on to successful careers in opera and musical theatre across the United States.
Voice Type: Tenor
Music Styles Taught: Pop; Opera; Jazz; Folk; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I have a wait-list for private lessons; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I offer lessons in a group environment; I accept students through a college or university program