BM in Music Composition and Music Education, Ithaca College
MM in Music Composition, Indiana University
DM Candidate in Music Composition, Indiana University
Joined LMC faculty in 2018
Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.
As a composer I love to collaborate with all types of mediums to create an immersive experience for listeners. I have collaborated with dancers, artists, writers, and filmmakers so that I can offer an auditory and visual experience. I have most recently been recognized for my vocal writing in international competitions, being named the 2017 American Prize winner in the choral composition category. My choral works have also been recognized at the 2016 American Choral Director’s Association Convention with the ensemble C4, a finalist in Michael Kerschner's Young New Yorker's Chorus Competition, a winner of Brett Scott’s 2015 Cincinnati Camerata Composition Competition, and a two-time winner in Dominick DiOrio’s NOTUS Choral Composition Competition. Last year my choral work was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Morton Gould Awards for Young Composers.
As an aspiring opera composer I am pleased to have been selected as a finalist with the Beth Morrison Projects: Next Generation Opera Competition. A song cycle of mine will be performed at the National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY in March 2018. My latest opera In Memoriam, with libretto written by Molly Korroch, was selected as the winner of the New Voices Opera Competition and was be premiered in May 2017. William Stowman's newly released CD, A Timeless Place (2016), features my song cycle Chronology of Storms for bass baritone, trumpet, and piano, with poetry written by Jenna Lanzaro (Klavier Records Label). I have been a composition fellow at the Valencia International Performing Arts program of Spain, Atlantic Music Festival, the IMANI Winds Festival, Donald Nally's Grammy-nominated choir "The Crossing”, as well as a resident composer at the Norfolk Chamber Series hosted by the Yale School of Music.
You can learn more about me and listen to my music at my website: https://www.matthewrecio.com/
What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?
The talent and commitment of the faculty and students at the Luzerne Festival is inspiring. The most powerful art is created when a collaborative environment like Luzerne Music Center is available. The opportunity for young musicians to be surrounded by hands-on, top-level instruction is invaluable. Not only do we get to be around such high caliber musicianship but also we are in a beautiful environment and location to foster long lasting friendships. I can not wait to be able to teach musicianship through theory and aural training as well as compositional instruction to the next rising generation of performers.
What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?
As a musicianship and theory instructor for the camp I plan to combine aural training, theory skills, relevant musicology lessons alongside contextual listening to prepare these performers for the next steps in their training. I want every performer to feel confident not only in their technical ability on their instrument but their ability to conceptualize music in a rehearsal as a collaborator and leader. For those that choose to sign up for secondary composition lessons I will tailor a curriculum for each student so that we are guided by their goals. I plan to have each student understand the nuts and bolts of compositional pacing to enhance their individual artistic voice. I will help them develop a musical language and immerse them in composers and art they have not yet heard. We will meet in individual lessons as well as a weekly group master class, comprising of all the composition students to workshop our projects and ideas. Every performer should be able to improvise and I would hope to encourage improvisation alongside composition in our intensive summer program. You do not to have any experience to sign up for lessons, just come open and willing to create some beautiful art!