Dr. Matthew C. Harden
Director of Choral Activities
Strauss Performing Arts Center | Office 208
phone: (402) 554-3608
Matthew Harden joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2006 as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities where he directs the Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and teaches conducting, choral literature and choral methods. His previous collegiate experience includes similar positions at the University of South Dakota, East Carolina University, and Linfield College's Portland Campus.
Dr. Harden earned his doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Choral Music Education) from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, his master?s degree from Portland State University, and two bachelor's degrees (Performance and Education) from Southern Oregon State College. His studies and degrees are in the areas of conducting, organ, music education, and voice. He has studied conducting with Bruce Browne, Eph Ehly, Eric Ericson, Gary Hill, and Charles Robinson, while in master-class settings he has worked with Harold Decker, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw, Muray Sidlin, and Dale Warland. In addition, he has performed voice recitals for the Portland Opera Guild and the Astoria Arts Alliance.
Dr. Harden is currently researching and co-authoring an articles and workshops with Dr. Gregory Gentry of Arizona State University on how a choral conductor can increase metaphoric communication through context specific somatic vocabulary. He has presented various peer-reviewed poster sessions at music educator conferences in Kansas, Missouri, and Washington, D.C., as well as numerous presentations at North Carolina and South Dakota state music educators? conferences. In addition, he has edited several works for publication. Dr. Harden founded the North Coast Chorale, was assistant conductor and tenor section leader for the Portland Symphonic Choir, Music Director for the Early Music ensemble "Sine Nomine," and taught in various Oregon schools for twelve years. He has conducted choirs on tour in the United States, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Norway, Spain, Russia and The Netherlands. His adjudication work includes Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Tallinn (Estonia). In addition, he has conducted festival choirs in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, and South Dakota. His choral singing experience includes four prestigious choirs; these are Choral Cross-Ties, Portland Symphonic Choir, UMKC Heritage Chorale and the PSU Chamber Choir. Dr. Harden is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the International Federation of Choral Musicians.