Composer in Residence

Jacob Walsh, Music Theory and Composition

Junior Session

BM in Oboe Performance and Music Composition, Ithaca College

MM in Oboe Performance and Music Composition, Indiana University

Joined LMC faculty in 2019


Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I am a composer, oboist and educator originally from deep in the woods of Rhode Island.  As a composer, I am passionate about communicating with many different kinds of audiences and exploring the ideas of narrative through sound.  I think that for many people, story telling is a very meaningful access point into our world as musicians, and it is this idea of story telling that I wish to share through all of the music I make.  I am passionate about new music as well as music education, and I believe that through the way that we teach and talk about music we can pass down a rich tradition of music making as well as inspire young people to share their own story through music.

I have written music for solo instruments, voices, chamber ensembles, as well as full orchestral works, with performances across the United States and internationally.  My latest collaboration was an orchestra piece titled "Anke Dje, Anke Be", commissioned and premiered by The Boston Landmarks Orchestra in August of 2018.  The piece included participation of 20 young people from Camp Harbor View Boston playing percussion, dancing, and reciting spoken word alongside the orchestra at the Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston, MA.  My music has won the Ithaca College Downey Prize for vocal composition, The Smadbeck Memorial Prize, 1st Place winner of the 2018 NOTUS Choral Composition Competition at Indiana University, and I was a finalist for the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition in 2018.  I am passionate about performing, especially commissioning and premiering new works.  I have performed with the Indiana University New Music Ensemble for the past three years, and traveled with them to Mexico City for a performance in May 2018.  In addition to performing in orchestras during my M.M. at Indiana University, I have performed Oboe and English Horn in a number of orchestras including the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Grassroots Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and more.  I have also played oboe and English Horn with Ensemble X Contemporary Music Ensemble in Ithaca, NY.  I am currently writing an oboe concerto which I plan to premiere myself in the Fall of 2019. 

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

Luzerne Music Center is unique in that it has a Music Composition program for young students who otherwise may not have the opportunity to ever write music on their own.  I look forward to being able to guide this process of thinking about music from a different perspective, and giving students the tools to explore what it means to be a composer.  I believe Luzerne offers a wonderful chance for young musicians to explore music composition in addition to a very high level of study their performance areas.  I am also looking forward to being surrounded by so many wonderful colleagues who are as equally passionate about the art of music as they are passionate about the art of teaching.  

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

One of the most important things about learning about music composition goes far beyond just "writing notes on a piece of paper.  I aim for all of my students who are interested in Music Composition to leave camp not only feeling confident about new ways to write music, but most importantly new ways to think about music.  I want to explore what happens when we think about music as sound and noise, how we can talk about the way music makes us feel, what makes a melody work, and how we can find "that perfect harmony" that sends shivers down your spine.  It is true that studying Music Composition includes writing notes on paper and getting those notes performed, yes.  However, I want each student to leave having a different perspective of how to think like a composer and look at a blank sheet of paper in front of them and turn it into a beautiful, authentic piece of music waiting to have life breathed into it.  Campers can also look forward to learning music theory with me with a strong emphasis on active participation through ear training and aural skills as well as how to apply things learned in a music theory classroom to their every day life as performers and composers!

Matthew Recio, Music Theory and Composition

Senior Session

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:


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! 

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