Matt Carlson teaches vocal music in the Bermudian Springs School District (York Springs, PA). He is a graduate of Gettysburg College (B.S. Music Education) and Michigan State University (M.M. Choral Conducting) and the artistic director of the Gettysburg Children's Choir. He is an active composer and arranger, whose music has been commissioned and performed by the Gettysburg College Choir, Gettysburg Children’s Choir, the Adams County (PA) Junior High Honor Choir, the Frederick County (MD) Elementary Honor Choir, the Tucson Girls Chorus, and the PMEA Districts 5 & 7 Elementary Song Fests. His works have been programmed for All-State Choral Festivals in Georgia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
In his current position at the Bermudian Springs School District, Matt teaches secondary choral music, and serves as music director for the spring musical. In these dynamic learning environments, musicians uncover their expressive, creative, and musical voices by engaging in music making that informs their humanity and inspires life-long musicianship. Matt has attended choral conducting symposia at Temple University, the University of Michigan, and Westminster Choir College, where he refined his conducting gesture and rehearsal technique. His conducting teachers include Robert Natter, Paul Rardin, Rollo Dilworth, Jerry Blackstone, Gary Graden, James Jordan, Charles Bruffy, Jonathan Reed, and David Rayl. He received his Level 1 certifications in Orff from the Eastman School of Music and Kodály from Westminster Choir College. He combines these experiences to best showcase the musical strengths of his students, constantly arranging and composing for the ensembles with whom he works. In 2017, he received the Outstanding Young Conductor award from the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania.
Matt has continued to be an active member of the Gettysburg music community. He sings with the Gettysburg College Concert Choir and was their interim director in the spring of 2017. He also served as Interim Artistic Director of the Gettysburg Children's Choir in the fall of 2014, 2019, and 2021, and has been the assistant director of their youth choir camp since 2015.