The American baritone and music pedagogue, Mathew Hoch, received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance, music education, and music theory, summa cum laude, from Ithaca College (1995-1999), a Master of Music degree in vocal performance and music history from the Hartt School (2001-2003), and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music (2003-2005). His voice teachers have included Susan Clickner, Joanna Levy, Mark St. Laurent, and Lawrence Weller.
Mathew Hoch held part-time teaching positions at Central Connecticut State University, Northeastern University, the Hartt School, and the New England Conservatory. He then was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of WisconsinBarron County (August 2005-May 2006). From 2006 to May 2012 he was Assistant Professor of Music at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, where he was a member of the voice faculty, taught vocal literature, and served as Coordinator of Vocal Studies. From 2006 to 2008, he conducted the Shorter Chorus. Since August 2012 he is Assistant Professor of Music at Auburn University, where he teachers applied voice, diction, and opera workshop.
Matthew Hoch is primarily known to the national vocal pedagogy community through his scholarship, authorship of several books, and service to several high-profile professional organizations, most notably the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA). Currently Vice President of NYSTA, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of VOICEPrints: The Official Journal of NYSTA since 2008. For NATS, he has served two terms as chair of the Professional Development Committee, hosted the 2009 NATS Intern Program at Shorter University, and from 20062011 was the host of NATS CHATS, a monthly online resource utilized by voice professionals throughout the world. He is an alumnus of the 2006 NATS Intern Program, and received the 2007 NATS Vocal Pedagogy Award. His book, A Dictionary for the Modern Singer, will be published by Scarecrow Press in 2014.
As a professional baritone, Matthew Hoch has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Conspirare, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. As a regular participant in the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop, he has performed under the batons of Peter Schreier, Charles Dutoit, and Helmuth Rilling. He has also performed with Ash Lawn Opera, the Hartford Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and the College Light Opera Company on Cape Cod. He has studied with Meredith Monk through the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, with Alice Parker on a Melodious Accord Fellowship, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants.
Matthew Hoch also maintains a secondary career as an Episcopal choirmaster. He served as Choirmaster and Director of Music at St. Peter's Episcopal Chruch in Rome, Georgia (August 2010-July 2012). Since August 2012 he serves as Choirmaster and Minister of Music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn, Alabama. He has published articles in the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians.