MATTHEW BOICE – Matthew Boice received the degrees of Bachelor of Music from Grove City College, and Master of Music from Duquesne University, and has done Doctoral studies in Music Education at West Virginia University. Mr. Boice presently holds the position of Music Department Chair and Director of Choral Music at Quaker Valley High School. Previously, Mr. Boice held a similar position at Peters Township High School. His choirs have gained recognition for their quality of performance and strength of program. Their repertoire has included such major works as Handel’s Messiah; Britten’s Ceremony of Carols; Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem Mass; Schubert’s Mass in G; and Bizet’s Carmen. In addition, with his Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Madrigal Singers, Mr Boice’s choirs have won awards in Pennsylvania, Georgia, West Virginia, Virginia, and Toronto. While at Peters Township the choir was invited to present the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the millennium celebration of the country of Austria.
Besides his work with the Quaker Valley choirs, Matthew is the tenor soloist at the First Presbyterian Church of Washington; has been a member of the professional core of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, under Robert Page; operates a private voice studio; and is in demand as a soloist, clinician, and conductor. He currently performs Renaissance, Baroque, Colonial and Celtic music with the Beau Street Players of Washington. He has also held adjunct positions at Washington and Jefferson, Grove City, and Waynesburg Colleges, and is a cellist with the Washington Symphony.
Matthew is in his eleventh season as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Washington Festival Chorale.