Baritone Matthew Markham enjoys an active career on the operatic, concert, and recital
stages. He has appeared on the operatic stage with Ash Lawn Opera, Janiec Opera, Spoleto
Festival, New Jersey Opera, Manhattan Opera Theater of the French Institute Alliance
Française, Da Ponte Concert Opera, Westminster Opera Theater, and Florida State Opera.
Roles span Mozart through lyric French and English/American opera. He is a frequent
soloist in oratorio ranging Bach to Britten and has performed in prestigious concert venues
including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City and Suk Hall at the Rudolfinum in
Prague, Czech Republic.
An avid interpreter of art song, he has worked with musical luminaries Martin Katz, Graham
Johnson, John Harbison, Jake Heggie, Ricky Ian Gordon and the late Craig Smith in
performances at Songfest in Malibu, California. Dr. Markham has participated in master
classes with Elly Ameling, Wolfgang Holzmair, Helmut Deutsch, Rudolf Jansen, Edith
Wiens, Robert Tear and Jorma Hynninen at the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien,
Austria where he received a diploma in Poetry and Performance of the German Lied. He has
twice been selected to participate in the Baldwin-Wallace Art Song Festival in Ohio where he
has worked with Warren Jones, François Le Roux, Anthony Dean Griffey, Vladimir
Chernov, George Vassos, and Stephanie Blythe.
Awards include being named a Finalist in the Franco-American Vocal Academy French Art
Song Competition in Tribute to Gérard Souzay; winner of various competitions including
the Regional MacAllister Awards, the Glenys Gallaher Memorial Award for Musical and
Academic Excellence, numerous Florida and New Jersey State and Regional National
Association of Teachers of Singing competitions, winner of the Westminster Choir College
Graduate Voice Competition; and various Rotary Club and regionally sponsored
Discography includes baritone soloist on the international world premier recording of
Antonio Rosetti’s Requiem Es-Dur (Murray H-15), conducted by Johannes Moesus with the
Camerata Filarmonica Bohemia, released commercially in 2011. He is also on the recording
It’s About Love, conducted by Kenneth Dake as a member of The Marble Choir in NYC,
released in 2013.
In the field of music research, Dr. Markham was a national recipient of the prestigious
Theodore Presser Grant Award for Graduate Research in Music and a recipient of a Florida
State University Dissertation Research Grant Award. These grants have enabled him to
conduct research on the vocal compositions of Czech composer Petr Eben and have
culminated in his doctoral treatise “A Study of Písně z Těšínska of Petr Eben.” He has
collaborated with Dr. Timothy Cheek, author of Singing in Czech, in lecture recitals on this
subject at the Fort Wayne Art Song Festival where he also served as guest artist/teacher, at
the International Czech Song and Aria Competition at the University of Wisconsin-Green
Bay, and at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dr. Markham was recently published
in the January/February 2015 NATS Journal of Singing: “Petr Eben’s Písně z Těšínska: A
Guide for Singers, Teachers, and Coaches.”
Dr. Markham holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from The Florida
State University College of Music, Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and
Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, and the Doctor of Music degree in Voice
Performance from The Florida State University College of Music.
As a pedagogue, Dr. Markham has established himself as a reputable teacher of voice and
has taught many students who have received awards and scholarships in voice competitions,
been accepted to summer apprentice programs at the national and international levels, and
who have been accepted to some of the nation’s most renowned graduate voice programs.
Dr. Markham continues to expand his professional development as a voice pedagogue by
attending and participating in various workshops throughout the country. In the summer of
2015, he was selected as a participant within the University of Wisconsin system to attend
Faculty College. In 2013, he received a faculty grant enabling him to participate in the 2013
Naked Voice Summer Institute at Northwestern University under the tutelage of W. Stephen
Smith to which he was accepted as a voice teacher. As a NATS Teaching Intern in 2008, Dr.
Markham was featured on a PBS Film Documentary and presented lectures on art song
repertory and pedagogy for the college level voice student.
Since 2012, Dr. Markham has been teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as
Assistant Professor of Voice. He teaches applied voice, vocal pedagogy, diction, and opera
workshop. He made his directorial debut in the 2014 UWSP Opera Workshop production
“American Opera Triptych” which included Barber’s “A Hand of Bridge,” and Menotti’s
“The Telephone” and “The Old Maid and the Thief.” He will be directing Mozart’s “The
Magic Flute” in the spring of 2016.
Prior to his position at the UWSP, he maintained a large private studio and taught voice at
the Purnell School in New Jersey; taught applied voice and assisted courses in song literature,
diction, foreign language for singers, and vocal pedagogy at Florida State University; served a
one-year term position on the voice faculty of the DePauw University School of Music
where he taught applied voice and song literature; and taught on the voice faculty of the
Steinhardt School at New York University while maintaining a private studio in NYC.
He is an active member of NATS and currently serves on the Wisconsin NATS Board as a
Member At-Large. He will assume the position of Recording Secretary for the Wisconsin
NATS Board in November 2015. He serves as an adjudicator in various competitions
including the NATS Student Auditions and the Classical Singer competition. He is also a
member of the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA), College Music Society
(CMS), and the Dvořák Society of London.
Dr. Markham has been a faculty resident-artist at the Ameropa Solo and Chamber Music
Festival in Prague, Czech Republic for three summers and has taught for the Metropolitan
International Music Festival in NYC. This coming summer, Dr. Markham will be joining the
voice faculty of the 2016 Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy.