About

Passionate Musicianship
Artistic Excellence
People First

Choral music is my calling. I am incredibly active in the profession: teaching collegiately, conducting choirs and teaching applied voice in the community, and traveling for honor choirs, festivals, and clinics. Let me know how I can be of service to you and your choir.

Publications & Media

Included here are live recordings of ensembles under my direction, as well as articles and octavos I have written/arranged and published over the years. Check back often for updated resources, and please contact me if you have ideas about materials that might be useful to you.

From Morten Lauridsen’s “Madrigali” — the Sing Omaha Master Chorale in live performance, October 6, 2016.

Dr. Hill delivering the commencement address at Peru State, having been named the 2019 “Teaching Excellence Award” winner.

The Sing Omaha Women’s Choir performs “My November Guest.”

Dr. Hill conducts the 2019 Nebraska Choral Directors Association All-State Concert Choir.

Professional Activity

Sing Omaha

Sing Omaha is one of the nation’s largest and most successful music education and performance nonprofits. I founded this organization in 2007, and continue to serve as the Executive and Artistic Director, overseeing 10 choirs, two studio locations, and more than 30 faculty and staff while maintaining a full voice studio and conducting two of Sing Omaha’s ten choirs.

Peru State College

I have served as the Director of Choral Activities at Peru State College since the Fall of 2014 where I conduct the institution’s two concert ensembles: Concert Chorale and Women’s Choir. I also maintain a full classroom load, with advanced Music Theory and Music History courses. I am active on committees as well, and currently serving on the Rank Promotion and Tenure Committee, chairing the Assessment Committee, and serving on the Faculty Senate.

American Choral Directors Association - Nebraska

I have served on the Nebraska Choral Directors Association board since 2009 and was elected to a three-year term as Treasurer in 2018, but resigned to become NCDA’s Operations Manager. I’ve conducted ensembles on state conferences three times since 2012, and was selected to conduct the organization’s first All-State Concert Choir in 2019.

My Mentors

I am grateful to serve among passionate, expert choral music educators, and to have studied with some of the finest pedagogues in the profession.

Dr. Z. Randall Stroope

Professor of Music
Composer & Conductor

Retired Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University

Dr. Stroope is an American composer and conductor. He has had recent conducting engagements in Hong Kong, Rome, Barcelona, Singapore, Canterbury Cathedral (England), Berliner Dom (Germany), Salzburger Dom (Austria), St. John (Canada), Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), Carnegie Hall (New York), and performed music for mass at the Vatican on 11 different occasions.  He is also the Artistic Director for two summer music festivals in Europe and taught composition for FENIARCO (Italy choral conductors)  in 2017 and 2018. www.ZRStroope.com

  • Matt Hill studied applied voice, choral conducting, and choral composition with Dr. Z. Randall Stroope as an undergraduate from 2000-2005, and as a graduate teaching assistant in the Oklahoma State University Master’s program from 2010-2012.

Dr. Peter A. Eklund

Professor of Music

Co-Chair of the Voice/Choral Area and Director of Choral Activities | Choir | Nebraska

Dr. Eklund divides his time among four important roles: conductor, guest lecturer, editor/arranger (his own choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publications and Colla Voce—and his set of Moses Hogan arrangements is published by Hal Leonard), and teacher/mentor (with numerous former students performing professionally on both US coasts: Broadway, Lincoln Center, TV, and Oscar winning movies—and everywhere in between).

  • Dr. Peter Eklund served as Dr. Hill’s primary professor and academic advisor in the Doctoral program at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where Dr. Hill earned his DMA in choral conducting.

Events

March 2022

ACDA Western Regional Conference – Presenter
“EXTRA! EXTRA! – A session on internal and external social media promotion
of the scholastic music program”

ACDA Northwestern Regional Conference – Presenter
“Community Choirs Best Practices”

February 2022

South Dakota ACDA Conference – HEADLINER

August 2021

Pennsylvation ACDA Conference – Presenter
“EXTRA! EXTRA! – A session on internal and external social media promotion
of the scholastic music program”

July 2021

Missouri ACDA Conference – Presenter
“Know the Score”
“The Three E’s of Rehearsal Technique”
“The Music Makes the Choir”

“I learned so much from all three of your sessions! Thank you!” – Jennifer S.
“Your sessions reignited my passion for teaching choir.” – Kathy B.

ACDA “Voices United” Conference – Presenter
“Community Choirs Best Practices”
(in two parts: Artistic Considerations and Healthy Operational Policies)

“Thanks for these awesome presentations.” – Max N.

March 2020

Sing Omaha – “One Hit Wonders” concert

February 2020

Sing Omaha – Master Chorale and Women’s Choir performance at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral for their Cathedral Arts Series

December 2019

Sing Omaha – 11th Annual “Christmas Fanfare”
Peru State – “The Magic of Christmas” Annual Concert

October 2019

Peru State College – “We Rise Again” –  Fall Concert
Sing Omaha – “When Music Sounds” – Fall Concert

July 2019

Nebraska All-State Concert Choir  – Conductor

May 2019

Doctoral Graduation University of Nebraska Lincoln – Graduate
Peru State Commencement – Choral performances, and Teaching Excellence Award speech (Faculty Member of the Year).

April 2019

Burke High School – District Music Contest Adjudicator
Peru State – Performing Arts Center Ribbon Cutting concert with area high school choirs as guest performers
Sing Omaha – “Romanse” concerts

March 2019

Sing Omaha – ICONS concerts
Peru State – Mid-winter concert
Platteview High School Vocal Festival – Adjudicator

February 2019

Millard South High School “Stars on Stage” Competition – Adjudicator
North Polk High School “Comet Sensations” Competition – Adjudicator

January 2019

Papillion-LaVista High School – Classroom Clinic

December 2018

Sing Omaha – “Gloria” world premier (Michael Trotta, composer) at Sing Omaha’s 10th Annual “Christmas Fanfare”
Peru State – “The Magic of Christmas” Annual Concert

November 2018

Nebraska Choral Directors Association – Named Choral Director of the Year (2018-19)

October 2018

Peru State College – Fall Concert
Sing Omaha – “Joy Arising” Fall Concert

June 2018

Omaha Symphony – Beethoven 9th Symphony and Bernstein “Chichester Psalms” (co-chorus master)