Matthew Troy is serving his fifth season as Associate Conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony and his third season as Education Conductor with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He is also Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony and spearheads all of the Winston-Salem Symphony’s education programs.
Maestro Troy conducts the Winston-Salem Symphony in Classics, Pops, Discovery, Messiah, Concert for Community, Holiday Pops, Mary Starling Education Concerts and Youth Symphony concerts throughout the Symphony’s season. His recent Classics debut with the Winston-Salem Symphony was universally praised by audiences and musicians alike. The Winston-Salem Journal review praised the programming and performance saying Troy “paced the music to one great climactic moment after another” for Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. In 2009 Troy was called to lead a complete performance of Handel’s Messiah with less than 12 hours notice. This led to subsequent performances of Handel’s Messiah in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Additionally, Troy led a powerful performance of the Pines of Rome on the Winston-Salem Symphony’s Concert for Community.
With the Winston-Salem Symphony, Troy has led performances with many internationally renowned classical and pops soloists, including Midori, Anthony Dean Griffey, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Robert Overman, and Glenn Siebert, Eileen Ivers, Classical Mystery Tour, Jeans N’ Classics and many others. During his time as Music Director for the WSS Youth Symphony he has led the WSS Youth Symphony to new heights of artistic excellence and led Youth Symphony performances for ever increasing audiences. Last year Troy and the WSS Youth Symphony were invited to perform at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.
Matthew Troy conducts all Discovery Family Series and Educational Concerts with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Troy’s work with this orchestra has been noted for innovative programming, creating new partnerships, breaking audience attendance records for the Discovery Family Series, and adding artistic growth to these series. In addition, The Oklahoma City Philharmonic recently received a $50,000 grant to sustain the Education Concerts and Troy’s innovative and engaging programs were cited as part of this grant award. At the end of the 2013 Season Troy will close the Discovery Family Series by featuring a first-time collaboration with the Grammy Award Winning Kid “Indie” Rock group, the Sugar Free All-Stars.
Troy serves on the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he teaches conducting. His performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade was praised as “brilliant and remarkably fine” by Classical Voices of North Carolina. In the Fall of 2012, Troy was invited to return to the faculty of Wake Forest University where he conducted the orchestra and taught conducting.
Active with orchestras across the country, Troy maintains an active guest conducting schedule and will make his debut with the North Carolina Symphony in Summer 2013 leading July 4th concerts. He has recently led performances with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Chamber Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, Kensington Consort, Philharmonia of Greensboro, Gate City Camerata, and the Triad Chamber Music Society, among others. Troy has previously held positions as conductor of the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra where his performance of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite was described as “masterful” by the Greensboro News & Record. Other positions include the Wake Forest University Orchestra, and the Salisbury Youth Orchestra. He served as Assistant Conductor of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and the UNC-Greensboro Symphony Orchestra where his performances continuously received critical acclaim. In 2006 Troy was selected to compete in the Jordania International Conducting Competition.
Troy has a proven track record as a tireless advocate for new music and music education. As a frequent conductor/clinician Matthew Troy has led numerous high school and middle school All-State and All-County clinics throughout North Carolina. He has enjoyed leading North Carolina premieres by Zhou Tian, Dorothy Hindman, and Harold Schiffman. His premiere of Hindman’s Magic City was described as “arresting and immediately attractive” in the review by Classical Voices of North Carolina. During his tenure at the Winston-Salem Symphony Troy has overseen a partnership with student composers from the UNC School of the Arts, every year leading a world premiere on the Winston-Salem Symphony’s Education Concert series. When Troy was a viola/violin faculty member at the Music Academy of North Carolina, he received awards for teaching excellence.
In 2010 Troy created an innovative educational program that partnered the Winston-Salem Symphony with the San Francisco-based organization, the African Library Project. This collaboration, presented in conjunction with the popular Mary Starling Educational concerts, used music and a corresponding short story competition to focus on the importance of music and literacy both locally and abroad. Through this program, the Winston-Salem Symphony raised over 50,000 books which started 50 new libraries for schools in Botswana, while allowing three students in Winston-Salem the opportunity to receive new instruments and music lessons for a year. This first-of-its-kind program garnered national attention and Troy was awarded the 2010 Compassion in Action Award for his efforts and was invited to lead a roundtable presentation on the project at the 2010 League of American Orchestras conference in Atlanta.
Matthew Troy earned a bachelor’s degree in viola as a student of Scott Rawls and completed a master’s degree in orchestral conducting as a student of Maestro Robert Gutter from UNC-Greensboro. He also studied at the Pierre Monteux School under Michael Jinbo as well as with Gerard Schwarz and Kenneth Kiesler. In addition to his conducting engagements, Troy maintains an active schedule as a public speaker and is a member of the Conductors Guild, League of American Orchestras, and the Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Music Society. In his free time, he enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his fiancée Jessica and their dog Napoleon.
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