Matthew J. Olson is Director of Choral Activities at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Additionally, he serves as Artistic Director of Bach Roots Festival and Assistant Conductor of The Singers – MN Choral Artists. As recent Chorusmaster with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Star Tribune hailed that The Singers were “scrupulously prepared” by Olson in a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion described as “one of the most satisfying you could ever hope to hear.” Recently, he guest conducted Magnum Chorum in performances of Brahms’ Requiem, and The Singers in widely acclaimed performances of Joby Talbot’s 17-part choral symphony Path of Miracles.
A passionate music educator, he frequently serves as a clinician for high school choral festivals, and his choral compositions and arrangements are published by Colla Voce, Santa Barbara, and via his website www.matthewjolson.com. He studied choral and orchestral conducting at St. Olaf College, The Oregon Bach Festival, Michigan State University, The Canford Conducting School (U.K.), and The University of Minnesota. Matthew Olson is a member of Beyond Artists and supports the organization College Possible.