Spinto tenor, Charles Matthew Hill, who is known to most as Matt, grew up on the coast of North Carolina, in a tiny, seaside village called Sealevel. He has been an active musician since childhood, studying piano and trumpet and also touring with his family’s music group.
Upon entering East Carolina University, where he completed a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Choral Conducting with a minor in Organ Performance, Matt began working for Saint Paul’s Church where he was Director of the Choral Youth programs, Choral Scholar, and Co-Founder and Director of the East Carolina Compline Choir. While in this position, Matt also worked for several summers as a course proctor for the Royal School of Church Music courses for adults and teens in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In 2008, Matt began his Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. During this time, Matt worked on the music staff at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. While in NYC, Matt, as a soloist and choral singer, performed with The New York Philharmonic, The Choirs of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The American Classical Orchestra, The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Berlinstaatsoperorchester, New Jersey State Opera, Opera New Jersey, The Grand Tour Orchestra, and various other ensembles. He was also privileged to perform multiple times for United Nations services and the Spanish Consulate General of NYC. In addition to the world of orchestral work and having performed various operatic roles, one of Matt’s most memorable performances was the world premiere of Sasha Zamler-Carhart and Ryan Carter’s experimental opera I Fioretti in Musica, an opera based on the life of Saint Francis of Assisi.
In 2011, Matt began making the transition into vocal music education and choral conducting, his passions. He was a founding faculty member of the St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church Choir School in New Haven, Connecticut, and also began performing with the ensembles of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. In 2012, Matt began transitioned from the east coast to Oregon to become part of the music faculty at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, Oregon, and The Director of Music at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oregon City, Oregon.
Beginning in July of 2014, Matt took the position of Director of Music at The Cathedral Church of Saint Michael and All Angels in Kelowna, British Columbia. He continues an active schedule as a singer and adjudicator in North America and Europe, and maintains a studio of piano and voice students.