Matthew Hoch

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Matthew Hoch (born December 29, 1975 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American academic and teacher of singing.

Hoch is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Auburn University, where he teachers applied voice, diction, and opera workshop. From 2006–2012 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 2006–2008, he conducted the Shorter Chorus. Before coming to Shorter University, he was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin–Barron County. Prior to that appointment, he held part-time teaching positions at Central Connecticut State University, Northeastern University, the Hartt School, and the New England Conservatory.

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 2006–2011 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.

Has a professional baritone, he 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.

Hoch also maintains a secondary career as an Episcopal choirmaster, currently serving at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn, Alabama, and formerly serving at St Peter's Episcopal Church in Rome, Georgia. He has published articles in the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians.

He received a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Ithaca College, a Master of Music degree from the Hartt School, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory. His voice teachers have included Susan Clickner, Joanna Levy, Mark St. Laurent, and Lawrence Weller.

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