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American Voices: Classical Master Session with Eric Owens
Matthew Horner is currently Senior Vice President and Director of the vocal division of IMG Artists, New York where he has worked since 2000. His roster includes such international singers as Eric Owens, Susan Graham, Lawrence Brownlee, Catherine Malfitano, Frederica von Stade, David Daniels, Alice Coote, Danielle de Niese, Angela Meade, Susanna Phillips, Albina Shagimuratova, Kyle Ketelsen, Amber Wagner, Brian Mulligan, Brandon Jovanovich, and James Valenti as well as many important emerging young American singers. He has served as a judge for numerous vocal competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council (both District and Regional levels), Palm Beach Opera Competition, the McCammon Competition in Ft. Worth, the Juilliard Honors Recital, the Alice Tully Hall Debut Recital Competition, the Joy in Singing Competition, and the Jenny Lind Competition. He presents regular classes and audition seminars at the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University, Mannes College of Music, Bard College, the Canadian Opera Company, the Santa Fe Opera, the Sarasota Opera, and others. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the George London Foundation for Singers and the advisory board of ASTRAL Artistic Services and served as Artistic Consultant to Palm Beach Opera. He is also a twenty-two year member of the choir at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City where he has sung on recordings, frequent national telecasts and for Popes John Paul II in 1995 and Benedict XVI in 2008, 2010, and 2011, the latter two at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
Matthew Horner received his undergraduate education at Oberlin College, double majoring in art history and history. While there, he was a member of numerous organizations, including being a two-year chair of the History Majors Committee and a member of the Art Majors Committee. He served as a tutor in Spanish, Italian, and art history. He was a member of the Committee to Restructure Student Government and the Academic Regulations Committee. He sang for four years in the acclaimed Oberlin College Choir including national tours. He also presented a weekly opera show on the radio station WOBC.
His graduate work at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University was also in art history, and he completed both the master of arts and doctoral course work there. He was the recipient of a Levy Travel Fellowship and chaired the Silverberg Lecture Series. He served as research assistant to Professors Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt and Donald Posner and was also a student of the legendary Sir John Pope-Hennessey. He worked on the scholarly team that examined the Sistine Chapel during its period of restoration as well as being part of a study group in Rome for several summers.
Matthew Horner graduated from Westmont High School in Johnstown, PA in 1987. Among his awards were the Academic Top Ten, the Patrick Gleason Award for achievement in American government courses, the National School Orchestra Award, a National Merit Scholarship finalist, the Outstanding Foreign Language Student in Pennsylvania Award, and the West End Lions Award. He was also a member of the National Honor Society. He served as captain of the Scholastic Quiz team, was a two-time district forensics champion and one of the founders of the annual Academic Honors Banquet. He served as president of the Youth Education Association for two years and was part of Student Council, the Debate Club and took part in County, District, Regional, and All State Orchestra and Chorus. He spoke at the 1995 Academic Honors Banquet in commemoration of its 10th anniversary and was the school's commencement speaker in 2001.
Matthew Horner was born in the Canal Zone, Panama, and resides in New York City.