Matthew D. Morrison, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse College in May of 2003. As a Presidential Scholar with a concentration in violin performance, Matthew served as concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Atlanta University Center-wide Orchestra during his undergraduate career. In the spring of 2001, Matthew studied in Vienna, Austria through the Institute of European Studies, where he studied both violin and music history at the University of Vienna. After graduation, he taught as an Orchestra Director in Atlanta, Georgia, where he completed his tenure with an orchestra program of over two hundred students.
Matthew began graduate studies in Musicology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 2006, where he completed a master's thesis in 2008 titled "Disturbing the Groove: Towards a Critical Analysis and Cultural Consideration of Contemporary Rhythm and Blues," advised by Andrew H. Weaver. During his Master's studies, Matthew served as a Junior Fellow Intern at the Library of Congress in the summer of 2007, and as the first Publications Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in the summer of 2008.
As a doctoral student of Musicology at Columbia University in New York City, Matthew's research interests include critical race analysis, performance and dance studies, Viennese Modernism, Black music, and popular music. Matthew is also a member of the Dubois Scholars Institute faculty, housed at Princeton University and an instructor with the "Teen Reviewers and Critics" music writing program through Arts Connection, NYC. He is currently the Assistant Editor of the music department's journal, Current Musicology, and is pursuing a dissertation topic with a focus on sound, race, and performance, advised by Prof. George Lewis.
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