Mathew serves as the Principal Horn of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. He joined the WSO in 2014 and was appointed Principal in 2019. Mat graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. While at UMN he studied with the former Principal Horn of the Boston Symphony, Charles Kavalovski. Other teachers include Herb Winslow and Brian Jenkins. Mat retired from the United States Marine Corps after 30 years of honorable and faithful service as a Marine Musician in 2016. Mat not only served as a musician instrumentalist, but also in leadership roles as Section Leader, Drum Major, Conductor and Bandmaster at U.S. military installations located in California, Japan, Virginia and North Carolina. He volunteered to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a Marine Corps Liaison at the American Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and as the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. Mat has a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership and Project Management from Boston University and is a graduate of the Golf Academy of America – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mat and his wife Maggie reside in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina. Mat also is the Principal Horn of the Wilmington Symphonic Winds and he performs with the Wilmington City Ballet Orchestra.
Christine Maynard, Concertmaster
Mary Jo White