Charles Matthew Hill “Matt” grew up on the coast of North Carolina in a tiny, seaside village called Sealevel. He has been an active musician since childhood, studying piano and trumpet and also toured with his family’s gospel singing group. Upon entering East Carolina University, where he completed a Bachelor of Sacred Music in Choral Conducting and Voice Performance with a minor in Organ Performance, Matt made the conversion from his family’s evangelical Pentecostal and Baptist background to the Anglican tradition and began working for Saint Paul’s Church where he was Director of the Choral Youth programs, Choral Scholar, and Co-Founder and Director of the East Carolina Compline Choir. While in this position, Matt also worked for several summers as a course proctor for the Royal School of Church Music courses for adults and teens in Charlotte, North Carolina, a course that celebrates the music and liturgy of the Anglican tradition and prepares young organists and choristers for work in the church.
In 2008, Matt began his Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. During this time, Matt worked on the music staff at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. While in NYC, Matt, an active tenor soloist and choral singer, performed with The New York Philharmonic, The Choirs of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The American Classical Orchestra, The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Berlin Orchestra, New Jersey State Opera, Opera New Jersey, and various other ensembles.
In 2011, Matt began making the transition into full time church and choral music work, his passion. He was a founding faculty member of the St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church Choir School in New Haven, Connecticut, and also began performing with the ensembles of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. In 2012, Matt began took the post of music faculty at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, Oregon, and The Director of Music at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oregon City, Oregon. Matt became the Director of Music and Organist at The Cathedral Church of Saint Michael and All Angels in Kelowna, British Columbia in July of 2014. He continues to maintain an active schedule as a tenor soloist, adjudicator, and a studio of piano and voice students.