Assumption Music Director 3rd in North American Competition
Local music director and CCM doctoral candidate Matthew Phelps placed third in the Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition this fall.
Director of Music for the Church of the Assumption in Mt. Healthy (OH) and director of the Xavier University Concert Choir, Phelps is studying choral conducting at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.
Participants in the competition open to anyone in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and sponsored by Rodgers Instruments Corp. were chosen by video audition. Finalists competed October 4th at a live concert in Hillsboro, OR, taped by NPR.
Phelps was also featured on NPR’s Pipe Dreams program, performing “Trumpets of Light” by Dan Locklair with trumpeter Lorraine Cohen.
At CCM, Phelps studies Choral Conducting with Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies Earl Rivers, in a program considered to be among among the top five in the country.
In 2012 he was a finalist for the American Prize in Choral Conducting, and his Chancel Choir at the Reformed Church of Bronxville was a finalist for the American Prize in the Ensemble division.
As an organist, Phelps plays and performs regularly across the eastern United States. He is the Artist-in-Residence at Saint Frances Xavier Church in New York City, and is a regular guest recitalist at Saint Mary the Virgin Times Square. He is currently studying with CCM Assistant Professor of Organ and Harpsichord Michael Unger.
Top photo by Peter Togel, courtesy Stock.xchng.
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