Photo: Susan Kupferer

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Photo: Susan Kupferer

Matthew has been doing sound both academically and professionally for nine years. He got his start in California in high school by helping manage microphones for the school musical. By the time he graduated, Matthew was responsible for running and recording the school's various choir and band concerts every year and worked with regional dance companies by running sound for their annual performances. 

While at Brigham Young University, Matthew designed or mixed several main stage productions, in addition to several other student projects both at BYU and at the neighboring university, Utah Valley University. Notable design credits include Mr. Helmer's Wife, an adaptation of A Doll's House by Mariah Eames and Rick Curtis; Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap (KCACTF Region VIII Sound Design finalist); Helen Edmunson's The Mill on the Floss (KCACTF Region VIII Sound Design nomination); and Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller. After graduating from BYU, Matthew moved to North Carolina to study at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, pursuing an M.F.A. in Sound Design.


Favorite mixing credits while at BYU include the new musical Single Wide by George Nelson and Frank Wildhorn's musical Wonderland, in addition to working with the various ensembles at BYU. Matthew has

also had the opportunity to tour across the country as the audio and video engineer for both the BYU Ballroom Dance Company and the International Folk Dance Ensemble, for whom he mixed the Mountain Strings folk band, the musical group that provides live accompaniment for the dancers. He was also able to travel to China for a two-week tour with the show BYU China Spectacular as the lead projection engineer.

Outside of BYU, Matthew has had the pleasure of working with a variety of local companies and performing arts groups. Favorite jobs include the mix engineer for the Utah Metropolitan Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker, an audio technician for Poll Sound, and his work at the Sundance Summer Theatre. He has worked at the Sundance Summer Theatre for three years in various capacities, including the mix engineer, assistant designer, and sound designer. He is currently designing a production of Sweeney Todd with Utah Repertory Theatre in the new Noorda Center for the Performing Arts at Utah Valley University.

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In the rare occasion that Matthew and his wife, Susan, have the same nights and weekends off, they enjoy their newfound passion for rock climbing in the mountains around campus and exploring the plethora of national and state parks that Utah has to offer. Or when snow falls, they are regularly found snowboarding at the local ski resort, making the most of the cold weather. Matthew is an ardent believer that In-N-Out is better than Five Guys but really doesn't care as long as it's paired with a Dr. Pepper. 

Matthew is a student member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.


Photo: Susan Kupferer