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 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 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, Vladimir Chernov, 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 NATS competitions, winner of the Westminster Choir College Graduate Voice Competition; and numerous Rotary Club and regionally sponsored competitions.
Additional academic and performance merits include being selected as a teacher for the 2013 Naked Voice Summer Institute at Northwestern University under the tutelage of W. Stephen Smith. As a 2008 NATS Teaching Intern, Dr. Markham was featured on a PBS Film Documentary and presented lectures on art song repertory and pedagogy for the college level voice student. He is the baritone soloist on the world premier recording of Antonio Rosetti’s Requiem conducted by Johannes Moesus along with the Prague Singers and the Camerata Filarmonica Bohemia, released in 2011.
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, and for the International Czech Song and Aria Competition at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Continued collaborations with Dr. Cheek are set for the fall of 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the fall of 2012 where he teaches applied voice, vocal pedagogy, and opera workshop, Dr. Markham 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.
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 in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Doctor of Music degree in Voice Performance from The Florida State University College of Music. He is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) at the national and state level where has most recently been elected as a Wisconsin board member, New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA), College Music Society (CMS), and the Dvořák Society of London. He continues to teach and perform at the Ameropa Solo and Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic each summer and for the Metropolitan International Music Festival in NYC each winter.