Staff Directory

Matthew Makeever


Operations Director

Matthew Makeever recently graduated with his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting and trumpet performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has directed a variety of orchestral, wind and vocal ensembles throughout Montana, South Dakota, and Wisconsin and is also the co-founder of the Milwaukee Philharmonic, which gave its inaugural performance of Beethoven’s seventh symphony in April, 2017.

Matthew has been a participant in several respected workshops including: Diane Wittry’s 2013 Beyond the Baton workshop in Norwalk, CT; the 2015 East Texas International Masterclass with Sasha Mäkilä; and the 2016 String Orchestra of Brooklyn Conducting Workshop with Tito Muñoz. Notably, in 2017, hewas chosen as the winner of the College Orchestra Directors Association Student Workshop Competition in Washington D.C. He worked extensively with the Hillsdale College and University of Tulsa Orchestras and participated in a masterclass with renowned pedagogue Anthony Maiello.

Matthew is active in the premiering of new works and is an advocate for the dialogue between living composers and the ensembles performing their works.

In addition to his conducting and instrumental studies at UW-Milwaukee, Matthew was a member of the brass sections of the University Symphony Orchestra and University Wind Ensemble and currently plays with The Lakefront Brass Quintet.

Matthew graduated with honors from Montana State University-Bozeman with a Bachelors of Music Education degree. His trumpet performance experience includes the Bozeman, Billings, and Helena (MT) Symphonies. Matthew has a strong background in directing student ensembles and in trumpet studio teaching.

Much of Matthew’s trumpet instruction took place under the tutelage of his father Jerry Makeever. He studied with Kevin Hartman at UW-Milwaukee.

Matthew studied conducting with Matthew Savery (Bozeman, MT) for two years and with Dr. Jun Kim while at UW-Milwaukee.