Matt Walley


Hometown: Pascagoula, Mississippi
Alma maters: Rutgers University (DMA), University of Georgia (MM), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BA)
Awards/competitions: Honorable Mention, 2016 Rutgers Concerto Competition; Honorable Mention, 2012 International Trombone Association, Lewis van Haney Orchestral Tenor Trombone Competition.
Appearances: New York String Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic, Mid-Atlantic Opera Orchestra, Light Opera of New Jersey, Edison Symphony Orchestra, Adelphi Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Brevard Sinfonia, Rome (Italy) Music Festival Orchestra, Rekkenze Brass Festival, National Orchestral Institute (Alternate)
Musical origins: I began playing trombone at 11 years old. In Junior High, we “tried out” different mouthpieces to see which one we would be best on. My band director told me that I did better on the trombone mouthpiece than the trumpet, which I originallywanted to play, so I chose the trombone.
How did you hear about TŌN? I heard about TON through my professor at Rutgers University, Weston Sprott, who is also on faculty at Bard College. He inspired me to apply after discussing the program with me.
Favorite piece to play: Richard Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie
Favorite obscure piece: Aaron Copland’s Old Poem
Favorite musical memory: Performing Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony at Carnegie Hallwith the New York Sting Orchestra.
Which composer would have had the best social media: Antonio Salieri
Favorite fact about your instrument: It can be played by robots.
Favorite non-classical musician or band: Rush
What recording would you take to a deserted island: The Metropolitan Opera’s complete recordings of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Proudest accomplishment: Finishing my doctorate at Rutgers University.
Favorite non-musical activity: Cycling and Photography
Last book read: I listen to audiobooks more than traditional reading. The last audiobooks I finished was the four books of Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Practice.
Time travel destination: 1960s New York City