Biography

Dr. Matt Caine, Conductor

  • Director of Music Ministries, Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica, Saint Simons Island, Georgia
  • Chorusmaster, Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, Savannah, Georgia

  

Matt is Director of Music Ministries at Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica, where he conducts multiple choirs and instrumental groups and oversees a large music program. He is also Chorusmaster for the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director for the Golden Isles Community Chorus. Prior to relocating to coastal Georgia, Matt was the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg, and Artistic Director for the professional chamber chorus Concordia Vocal Ensemble. In addition to serving as a conductor for church, community, professional, and symphonic choruses, Matt has served as Interim Director of Choral Activities for St. Petersburg College and Allen University and taught on the faculties of Claflin University, the University of South Carolina, and the University of South Florida.


Matt has been invited to make presentations at national, division, and state conferences of the American Choral Directors’ Association. His article, "A Biography and a Conductors' Analysis of Todor Popov's Choral Cycles," was published as the cover article for the December 2010 issue of the Choral Journal (Volume 51, Number 5), the scholarly publication of the American Choral Directors' Association. Matt has served as a guest clinician for college, community, and church choruses, and for high school orchestras.


Matt's principal area of research is Bulgarian choral music. Matt has created performing editions of and has conducted the U.S. première of over 30 pieces of Bulgarian choral music. In 2009, Matt was awarded a Fulbright by the United States Department of State to conduct research in Bulgaria. In the same year, the United States Department of Education awarded Matt a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) to attend the Russian and East European Summer Intensive Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh and New Bulgarian University in Sofia. Matt's dissertation, Todor Popov: A Historiography and Conductor’s Analysis of His Choral Cycles (UMI 3404284) was published in 2010 and has already been cited in other dissertations.