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LATEST NEWS

Read about Matthew's latest exciting updates

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SPEAKING

2022 - Matt is invited to be a mentoring instructor at School of Rock (Cary).

2022 - Matt leads a masterclass workshop at the North Carolina Thespian Festival.

2021 - Matt is an invited artist lecturer for the WCC Arts & Humanities Series.

2021 - Matt is an invited speaker for the Enloe High School Chapter National English Society.

2021 - Matt is an invited speaker for Whitefield Academy Drama.

2021 - Matt is an invited speaker for the NCSU Art & Design School.

2021 - Matt is an invited speaker for East Coast Game Conference.

2021 - Matt is an invited speaker for the NCSU Music Theory Club.

2021 - Matt is an invited speaker for the UNC-Chapel Hill Religious Studies Department.

2021 - Matt is an invited presenter for the CIVAE International Arts Conference.

2021 - Matt is an Invited presenter for the Artists Thrive National Conference.

2021 - Matt leads a masterclass workshop at the North Carolina Thespian Festival.

2019 - Matt is an invited speaker for the NCSU Art & Design School.

2019 - Matt is a presenter at the WPU International Conference.

2017 - Matt is a presenter for the IJAS International Conference.

2016 - Matt is a presenter for the IJAS International Conference.

2015 - Matt is a presenter for the International Arts in Society Conference.

2015 - Matt leads a workshop for Stage Right Acting.

AWARDS/HONORS

2022 - Matt is a judge for the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate Acappella Semifinals.

2022 - Gotham City Sounds: The Music of Batman Villains wins a Literary Titan Gold Book Award.

2021 - Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney announced as a Distinguished Favorite for the NYC Big Book Award.

2021 - Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney nominated for the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award.

2021 - Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney wins an Independent Press Award (Music Category).

2021 - Matt is a judge for the Marvin Hamlisch International Film Score Competition.

2021 - Matt is announced as a promoted WPU Associated Professor.

2020 - Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney wins a Best Independent Book Award (Nonfiction Category).

2020 - Matt is a judge for the Marvin Hamlisch International Film Score Competition.

2020 - Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney wins a Nonfiction Authors Association Gold Award.

2020 - Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney wins a Literary Titan Silver Book Award.

2020 - Matt is nominated for the WPU McCormick Distinguished Faculty Award.

2019 - Matt is announced as 1st Runner Up for WPU Bingham Award for Campus Excellence.

2019 - Matt is a judge for the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate Acappella Quarterfinals.

2019 - Matt is nominated for the WPU McCormick Distinguished Faculty Award.

2019 - Matt is a judge for the Marvin Hamlisch International Film Score Competition.

2016 - Matt is a judge for the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate Acappella Quarterfinals.

2015 - Matt is a judge for the CINE International Film Score Competition.

INTERVIEWS/FEATURES

2022 - Matt is interviewed as a local professional creative artist for the "Hidden Gem" series of VoyageRaleigh magazine. (upcoming)

2022 - Matt is interviewed as a local professor for a feature WRAL Article. (upcoming)

2022 - Matt is interviewed by Literary Titan for about book Gotham City Sounds: The Music of Batman Villains.

2022 - Matt is interviewed on the Book of the Mouse Club Podcast about his book Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney.

2021 - Matt is featured on a group panel on the Notably Disney Podcast as a Disney "expert".

2021 - Matt is the cover and featured article for The Campbellsvillian Alumni Magazine.

2021 - Matt is interviewed for a feature article in PEACE Magazine.

2021 - Matt is interviewed on the Notably Disney Podcast about his book Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney.

2021 - Matt is featured in Musicoguia Magazine.

2020 - Matt is interviewed by Literary Titan about his book Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney.

2019 - Matt is featured as a professor in an online article for William Peace University.

2018 - Matt is interviewed on Entertainment, Arts, and Education Podcast.