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Matthew Olson

Matthew Olson

  • Visiting Director of the Carleton Choir, Music

Education & Professional History

BA St. Olaf College, MM Michigan State University, DMA University of Minnesota

Languages Spoken

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Matthew J Olson (Choir) leads a diverse career as a conductor, choral composer, singer, songwriter, arts administrator, and music educator. In the upcoming 2017-18 season, he will serve as: Artistic Director of Oratory Bach Ensemble, a professional baroque orchestra and choir; Visiting Director of the Carleton College Choir; Instructor of Voice at North Hennepin Community College; Guest Conductor of Magnum Chorum; and Assistant Conductor of The Singers, with whom he will lead performances of Joby Talbot’s choral symphony Path of Miracles. His choral compositions and arrangements, which are published with Colla Voce and Santa Barbara, receive increasing performances in the U.S. and abroad. He studied choral and orchestral conducting at St. Olaf College, The Oregon Bach Festival, Michigan State University, The Canford Conducting School (U.K.), and The University of Minnesota. More information may be found online at

Profile updated July 5, 2017

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