PS, Cleveland Institute of Music
MM, Cleveland Institute of Music
Director of Honors College
Violin and Viola
Office: Forsyth Library 74
Phone: (785) 628-4748
Violinist Matt Means continues to impress audiences across three continents with mature, seasoned performances that span the entire range of solo, orchestral, and chamber venues. Currently Assistant Professor of Music at Fort Hays State University, Means has also served as Visiting Lecturer in Music at the University of Northern Colorado and Interim Chairman of the Department of Music at FHSU. A recipient of the BM degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Northern Colorado, Means received an MM degree and Professional Studies diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His primary teachers have included William Preucil, Stephan Majeske, Linda Cerone, and Richard Fuchs. He has received supplementary, post-institutional instruction and inspiration from Donald Weilerstein and has observed closely the teaching of Miriam Fried and James Buswell. Chamber music coaching has come from members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, and Cavani Quartets, the Beaux Arts and Canterbury Trios, and the Cleveland Duo. Means has also studied orchestral repertoire with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Vienna Philharmonic.
As an orchestral performer Means has served in first-desk capacities in orchestras across the US and abroad under the batons of conductors such as Pierre Boulez, David Zinman, Charles Dutoit,Marin Alsop, Carlos Kalmar, and Gerard Schwarz. Means has served as concertmaster of the Fresno Philharmonic, Wichita Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Cheyenne Symphony, Ft. Collins Symphony, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony, and the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic; he is frequently requested to serve as guest concertmaster by ensembles across the US. Other orchestral ensembles he has found affiliation with include the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the New World Symphony, the Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Summer festivals Means has attended or been invited to attend include the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the Colorado Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Summer Music, the Encore School for Strings, the National Orchestral Institute, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Each summer Means participates in the first violin section of the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival, led by Maestra Marin Alsop, a unique festival solely dedicated to the performance of contemporary works by primarily living composers who usually attend the festival in residence. In this capacity Means has participated in important premieres by, and has often had a chance to collaborate with, major current composers such as Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Rouse, Michael Daugherty, Mark O’Connor, John Adams, Philip Glass, John Corigliano, Kevin Puts and Jennifer Higdon.
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