Style: Opera; Gospel; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Voice Instructor
Bio: Hailing from Auburn, Kansas, Matthew Scrivner is a multi-faceted musician who teaches privately and taught for Avila University from 2012-2019. He has been performing regularly in Kansas City since his first appearance with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the 2008 World Premiere production of Kirke Mechem’s John Brown. Throughout the 2017-through spring of 20-19 he wappeared in the Lyric Opera Express troupe, bringing opera education and performance opportunities to children in schools throughout the Kansas City region. Matthew has maintained a private studio since 2003, currently teaching area singers of many levels at the Kansas City School of Music located in Lenexa and Overland Park.
As an educator, Dr. Scrivner brings a varied background of experiences to his students as he has been both behind and part of the music scene in nearly every role possible, from production assistant (Topeka Symphony, '02-'06) to board member (Topeka Opera Society and Concert Association, 03-'08), to administrator (Kansas City Opera Institute 2013-14), published author (Operagasm, 2011), and performer (including multiple world premieres and newly mounted productions).
Matthew earned his Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in German from Washburn University, his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Throughout his education he was able to learn from and work with excellent educators and top-tier musicians, studying voice with Dr. Anne DeLaunay, Dr. Lee Snook, and Mr. Dale Morehouse. He has coached with: George Darden, Carol Vaness, Natalia Rivera, Sherill Milnes, John Mueter, and Richard Williams. Scrivner has also sung in masterclasses for: Carol Vaness, Todd Queen, Alisa Belflower, and Dietrich Hillebrand.
Scrivner's operatic credits include: creating the role of the Ox in the world premiere of Leah Sproul Pulatie’s opera for young audiences: How the Camel Got His Hump; Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Settler #2 in the world premiere of John Brown, and Colline in La bohème. Matthew was a participant in the first ever L’arte del canto lirico program presented in conjunction with the Orvieto Musica festival in Orvieto, Italy in the summer of 2008. His soloist credits include: Bass Soloist in Haydn’s Creation at Avila University, Petrus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion conducted by Andrew Megill of Westminster College at UMKC, and Bass Soloist in the Requiem settings of Dvořák and Verdi.
Voice Type: Bass-Baritone
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Gospel; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter