Lecturer, Interim Choir Director
DMA University of Southern California
MM Brigham Young University
BM Brigham Young University
Matthew D. Nielsen (b. 1984) is an active conductor, freelance-composer, baritone, producer and sound engineer. Matthew is the founder and director of Salt Lake City-based professional choir, Brevitas. He has conducted performances in venues such as the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Norwich Cathedral, St. Giles-in-the-Fields, and St. John’s, Smith Square. Matthew has also received numerous requests to appear as a guest conductor.
As a composer, he has received commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, The Combined Choirs and Philharmonic Orchestra at Brigham Young University, Cantorum Chamber Choir, and St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. Matthew’s music has been published with Peters Editions, Walton Music, Santa Barbara Music Press, and featured internationally on BYU Radio and American Public Media’s Performance Today with Fred Child.
As a singer, he has sung with esteemed ensembles such as Kinnara Ensemble, the Utah Symphony Chorus, the USC Chamber Singers, as well as the BYU Singers, and has performed in Ireland, England, Germany, Ukraine, China, South Korea & the United States.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, he received vocal and instrumental training in both jazz and classical styles. After spending two years living abroad in Ireland, he earned a Bachelor of Music in sound recording technology from Brigham Young University in 2010, a Masters in Music in choral conducting in 2012 and a Doctorate of Music with an emphasis in choral music from the University of Southern California in 2017. During his studies served as an assistant conductor of the BYU Singers for three years as well as to the BYU Women’s Chorus, BYU Men’s Chorus and served as music director of the BYU Chorale and USC Apollo Men’s Chorus.