Music

Matthew Brower, D.M.A.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music: Piano
Education

D.M.A. Collaborative Piano, University of Michigan, 2013
M.M. Collaborative Piano, University of Michigan, 2010
B.M. Piano Performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 2008
            Minor: Piano Pedagogy

Teaching

MUS 253: Applied Piano

MUS 453: Advanced Applied Piano

MUS 135: Class Piano I

MUS 235: Class Piano II

MUS 297: Jazz Piano Improvisation

Professional Experience

Hailed as “superb” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dr. Matthew Brower is a pianist, coach, and educator who brings vision and sensitivity to a variety of genres, from classical piano, chamber music, opera, and art song to musical theatre and jazz. He has appeared in many prestigious venues throughout the U.S. and China, including Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), the Kimmel Center, and the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, and he has been featured on WRTI, Philadelphia’s classical radio station. After three successful years as Lecturer of Applied/Class/Collaborative Piano at Washington College, he was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano in 2018.

At Washington College, Dr. Brower teaches private lessons and group classes for students at all levels. One of his students was recently honored to perform at Carnegie Hall as a second-place winner of the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition. Dr. Brower enjoys contributing to Washington’s Premier Artists Series, having performed with Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Together with his colleague, Woobin Park, he launched two annual Washington College Piano Festivals since April 2018, which have featured workshops, competitions, master classes, and recitals. For the past five summers, Dr. Brower has also been a faculty member of the University of Delaware’s Master Players Festival, where he currently directs the Collaborative Piano program.

Since 2013, he has been a member of 6-wire, a crossover ensemble acclaimed for its synthesis of traditional and contemporary Eastern and Western musical styles. They have been honored to perform for Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and Delaware Governor Jack Markell and their debut album, 6th Sense, released in June 2018, was lauded by Gramophone for its “unique sound and repertoire”.

Dr. Brower has collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on multiple occasions, including concerts at the Annenberg Center and the Kimmel Center, presenting music from Africa and the Americas, respectively. He has appeared as their featured pianist for live film screenings of La La Land and Grease at the Mann Center as well as a program of Belgian music for the Hon. Dirk Wouters, Belgian Ambassador to the United States, at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C. 

As a vocal coach and choral accompanist, Dr. Brower has held positions at Opera Philadelphia, the Mendelssohn Club Chorus, Westminster Choir College, the Curtis Institute Summerfest Young Artist Voice Program, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Opera in the Ozarks, the University of Pennsylvania, and the College of New Jersey. 

A dedicated pedagogue, Dr. Brower is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Maryland State Music Teachers Association, and the College Music Society and performed and presented a lecture, “Including Collaborative Training in the Piano Studio”, at their 2018 Northeast Regional Conference.