Matthew F. Reese is an American conductor active on both sides of the Atlantic. He currently conducts the Washington Young Sinfonia and was most recently music director of the English chamber orchestra, Consortium Novum. In his three years with CN, the ensemble was active on both the concert platform and in the opera pit, with a repertory ranging from Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro to Stravinsky’s Petrushka, and Strauss’s Tod und Verklärung. He concluded his CN tenure with a charity performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in aid of homelessness relief.
A recipient of Oxford’s conducting prize, Matthew has held the Music Directorships of the Oxford University Philharmonia (2016–17), the Oxford University Wind Orchestra (2015–16), and The Choir of Pusey House (2017–18). In 2016, he was named the University’s inaugural Conducting Scholar, assistant-conducting the St. Anne’s Camerata. Matthew has studied conducting under the Celibidache student, Angel Gil-Ordóñez (PostClassical), Paul Spicer (Finzi Singers), Akiko Fujimoto (Minnesota Orchestra), and with the Haydn scholar, James Armstrong (William & Mary).
Matthew holds degrees from the College of William & Mary (BA, 2013) and the University of Oxford (M.Phil, 2016; D.Phil, 2019). He is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Musicology at the Peabody Institute and The Johns Hopkins University. Recent assistantships include the Georgetown University Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Academy, and the National Orchestral Institute.
Matthew is currently a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, pursuing an M.Div at the Yale Divinity School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. There, he is also resident in the Berkeley Divinity School, the Anglican/Episcopal seminary at Yale. His studies are jointly underwritten by YDS and the ISM, with additional support from Berkeley, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, the Diocese of Maryland, and Grace & St. Peter’s.
Yale Divinity School & Institute of Sacred Music | M.Div (2024)
University of Oxford, Brasenose College
Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil) in Music (2019)
University of Oxford, St. Hugh's College | M.Phil in Music
College of William & Mary | BA (H.Hons) magna cum laude
Washington Young Sinfonia | Music Director 2019–Present
Voce Chamber Singers | Interim Conductor
October 2019–May 2020
Consortium Novum | Music Director 2015–18
Choir of Pusey House, Oxford | Master of the Music 2017–18
Oxford University Philharmonia | Music Director 2016–17
Oxford University Wind Orchestra | Music Director 2015–16
William & Mary Schola Cantorum | Music Director 2010–13
Washington Young Sinfonia | Music Director
Peabody Institute | Lecturer in Musicology
National Cathedral Choirs | Deputy Tenor Lay Clerk