Matthew A. Butler is in his third year on the Voice Faculty at Mississippi State University. Butler has been a vocal instructor for the Community Music School at MSU since 2017. He holds a B.M. degree in Vocal Music Education from Ole Miss, as well as a M.M. degree in Choral Conducting from Georgia State University. His doctoral studies include an emphasis on conducting and choral music education. Butler has completed all coursework towards a Ph.D. in Music Education at Ole Miss, and currently is working on comprehensive projects and dissertation focus. His expected completion for the doctoral degree is in May 2019.
Butler’s vocal performances include tenor soloist in Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ and Handel’s Messiah with the Harrison (Ark.) Community Chorus, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna with the Ole Miss Concert Singers, and Bach’s St. John Passion with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the University Singers at University of Memphis. Butler has performed as a tenor and baritone soloist for the Ole Miss Concert Singers and the Georgia State University Singers in the United States, France, and England. Soloist roles with the Georgia State University Singers include performances in Atlanta (Ga.), Swansea (Wales), London, and Richmond (England).
Primary and Secondary teaching experiences include over ten years of public and private school positions (K-12) in Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. Choral conducting performances from his career comprise of tours with the Georgia State University Men’s Chorus (Atlanta), Rutter’s Gloria with the Georgia State University Singers & Orchestra, and Chorus Master for the University of Memphis Opera in Mozart’s Magic Flute. At the collegiate level, Butler has served as Graduate Assistant Conductor for the University Singers at Georgia State, the University Singers at the University of Memphis, and the Ole Miss Concert Singers. Mr. Butler has also taught Music Appreciation courses at Ole Miss and Northwest Mississippi Community College in Oxford (Miss.).
Butler’s musical interests include composing choral music and pursuing music education research in the area of vocal singing. His original choral composition, Veni Sanctus Spiritus, was debuted by the Ole Miss Men’s Glee at their Spring Concert in 1997. Butler has attended and participated in numerous regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors’ Association throughout his career. He presently serves as Faculty Adviser, Financial Adviser, and Social Programs Adviser for the Sigma Alpha Iota International Women's Music Fraternity at Mississippi State.