Matthew Watkins is a recent graduate of Kent State University where he earned his Master of Music Degree in Music Performance and was the flute graduate assistant. During his time at KSU, Matthew won 1st place in the 2014 International Flute Symposium Emerging Artist Competition, the 2014-2015 KSU concerto competition, and 1st place in the 2015 Mt. Lebanon Keynotes Scholarship Competition, and he was a winner of the 2016 Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artist Competition. In addition to winning these competitions, Matthew was selected as first choice for the 2015 Kent/Blossom Summer Music Festival. Other than performing chamber music as part of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, he also took private lessons from Marisela Sager and performed two chamber orchestra works as well as Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra as a side-by-side piece with The Cleveland Orchestra. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he received the Georges Barrere Memorial Scholarship to study with Bernard Goldberg in Pittsburgh. Matthew received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Performance from Slippery Rock University where he studied with Stacey Steele. He also taught music theory at the Pittsburgh Flute Academy from 2012-2013 under the direction of Wendy Kumer. Other previous teachers include Gay Kahkonen, Diane McCloskey, and Susanne Levinson. Matthew is continuing his studies as an Artist Diploma student at Duquesne University under the tutelage of Jennifer Steele, second flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
I love being able to share everything I have learned from my teachers. The best part of teaching for me is when I'm able to see my students grow and succeed with the tools I offer to them.
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