FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2017, 12:00 p.m., CDT
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Memphis, Tennessee- Matt Hill, assistant professor of music and the director of choral activities at Peru State College, was honored as a guest judge at Memphis Fest in April. Memphis Fest is a band, choral, and orchestral competition held at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
Ensembles who participated at Memphis Fest performed at the new “Guest House at Graceland” Theater, while a panel of adjudicators critiqued the ensembles. Hill was honored as the ‘center table’ judge, which provided him the unique opportunity to lead 30-minute on-stage clinics with each choir. A dinner banquet and awards ceremony was held at the Graceland Car Museum after the competition each weekend.
Hill has already been invited to return for the 2018 festivals, to be held in early and late April.
Hill said of the festivals, “It was an honor to serve with esteemed colleagues from around the nation, and a true joy to see and hear passionate high school musicians sharing their love of music with us. I can’t wait for next year’s festivals!”
In addition to his work at Peru State, Hill founded “Sing Omaha Inc.” in January, 2007. This 501c3 non-profit organization serves as Nebraska’s Premier K-12/adult choral arts organization, and is comprised of nine choirs, which serve more than 400 singers in Douglas and Sarpy County each year. In September 2015, Hill opened Sing Omaha Studios, two public-facing locations for private voice and piano lessons, and other related camps and workshops.
Hill is an inaugural member of the Oklahoma State University Music Education Hall of Fame and was honored as the “Young Choral Director of the Year” by the Nebraska Choral Directors Association in 2015.
Hill regularly serves as a guest clinician for district festivals and honor choirs, and is called upon to adjudicate show choir and classical solo/ensemble competitions around the country each season. In addition to his work as a conductor, Hill has served in music ministry steadily since 2003 as pianist/worship leader, and has performed as a chorister and featured soloist with numerous local and regional ensembles.
For more information on Memphis Fest, visit www.memphisfest.org.
Ashley Peiman contributed to this release.