Matthew Carey is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Originally from Washington state, Dr. Carey taught high school vocal music for 4 years after receiving his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Oregon and a DMA in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University. His conducting teachers include Leslie Guelker-Cone, Sharon Paul, María Guinand, Hirvo Surva, and Richard Bjella.
His choirs at UAH frequently collaborate with the Huntsville Symphony, Huntsville Community Chorus Association, and the Shoals Symphony. The UAH Chamber Choir performed a concert for the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference in January of 2020. Dr. Carey regularly serves as a choral clinician and guest speaker in the region.
Prior to Coming to UAH, Dr. Carey served as conductor of the University of Oregon’s award-winning Chamber Choir, preparing the ensemble for their inaugural season as participants in the Oregon Bach Festival. The UO Chamber Choir performed under the batons of Helmut Rilling and Matthew Halls, as well as serving as the ensemble for the Conductor’s Showcase concert. Dr. Carey was also the Director of Choirs and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma Panhandle State University before joining the faculty at UAH.
Dr. Carey has been performing both as an oratorio soloist and as a professional chorister for over a decade. He was a ten-year member of the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival, and has performed with the Helmut Rilling Ensemble, based in Germany. He resides in Huntsville, AL, and is a fan of sailing, cinema, and cats.