Dr. Matthew Haislip joined the faculty of Mississippi State University as Instructor of Horn in 2016. In this full-time position, he teaches applied horn, music theory, ear training, chamber music, and online courses in music appreciation. In addition to these duties, he directs the horn choir, performs in the faculty brass and wind quintets, and performs as principal horn of the Starkville/MSU Symphony. He serves the International Horn Society as the Mississippi Area Representative. During the summer months, he is an instructor of horn at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. He is a founding member of Quintasonic Brass, a professional brass quintet comprised of performers and teachers in the Southeastern United States. Prior to coming to Mississippi State University, he taught at Washburn University (KS), Calvary University (MO), Hardin-Simmons University (TX), and McMurry University (TX).
Dr. Haislip has held the positions of Co-Principal Horn, Personnel Manager, and hornist in the resident wind quintet of the Midland-Odessa Symphony (TX), Fourth/Utility Horn of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, and Assistant Principal/Utility Horn of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance hornist, he has performed with dozens of professional ensembles, including the Cincinnati Opera, Opera Naples (FL), the Omaha Symphony Orchestra (NE), the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (IA), the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Topeka Symphony Orchestra (KS), the Lone Star Wind Orchestra (TX), and the Queen City Brass Quintet (OH), among others. He has recorded on the Albany Records, Mark Custom, and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra labels.
Dr. Haislip regularly performs and gives clinics at international and regional conferences and at universities across the United States. Recent highlights include appearances at the 2017 National Association of Composers USA Mid-South Chapter Recital and the 2017 Music by Women Festival at the Mississippi University for Women, the 2016 International Horn Symposium at Ithaca College, and the 2016 Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop. He has appeared as a soloist with the Mississippi State University Community Band, the Angelo State University Wind Ensemble (TX), and the Wills Point High School Band (TX). He has published articles online and in print through the International Horn Society, and he is a commissioned composer. His book of horn studies is published by BrownWood Publishing.
Matthew Haislip holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Horn Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Master of Music degree in Horn Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. His primary horn teachers include Martin Hackleman, Randy Gardner, Michael Morrow, Elizabeth Freimuth, Thomas Sherwood, and Duane Dugger. His personal website may be found at www.matthaislip.com.
Matthew is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and he performs exclusively on the Yamaha 668VNS horn.