Matthew Makeever recently graduated with his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting and trumpet performance at UW-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; the 2015 East Texas International Masterclass with Sasha Mäkilä, the 2016 String Orchestra of Brooklyn Conducting Workshop with Tito Muñoz, and most recently, the Springfield Symphony Conducting Workshop with Kyle Pickett. Notably, in 2017, he was chosen as the winner of the College Orchestra Directors Association Student Workshop Competition in Washington D.C. There 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.
Matthew is also an active freelance trumpet player in the Metro Milwaukee area. He regularly performs with musicians from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and has performed with such organizations as Bel Canto Chorus, Chant Claire Chamber Choir, Southwest Suburban Symphony Orchestra, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Concord Chamber Orchestra, Stained Glass Brass, Blaskapelle Milwaukee, and multiple theater companies in Southeastern Wisconsin including The Hartford Players and Falls Patio Players.
Matthew graduated with honors from Montana State University-Bozeman with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. His trumpet performance experience includes the Bozeman Symphony, Billings Symphony, and was Co-Acting Principal Trumpet of the Helena Symphony Orchestra from 2011-2013. 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.
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