Matthew D. Nielsen (b. 1984) is an active conductor, baritone, freelance-composer, producer and sound engineer. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, he received vocal and instrumental training in both jazz and classical styles.
After spending two years living abroad in Ireland, he earned a Bachelor of Music, with an emphasis in Sound Recording Technology, from Brigham Young University in 2010 and a Masters in Music, from Brigham Young University in 2012. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music with an emphasis in choral music from the University of Southern California.
During his studies he has performed with the USC Chamber Singers, BYU Concert Choir and BYU Singers, serving as an assistant conductor of the latter for three years. In addition, he has served as assistant conductor to the BYU Women’s Chorus, BYU Men’s Chorus and served as music director of the Univeristy Chorale. He has studied voice with Karen Anderson & Jennifer Welch-Babidge.
As a soloist, he has performed in Ireland, England, Germany, Ukraine & the United States. He has conducted performances in venues such as Norwich Cathedral as well as London’s St. Giles-in-the-Fields, and St. John’s, Smith Square. Matt has also received numerous requests to appear as a guest conductor. As a composer, his music has been featured on BYU Radio and American Public Media’s Performance Today.