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Matthew Pivec

Associate Professor - Music Music - JCA


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As a performer of jazz and popular music, Matt has worked with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, TheTemptations, Dave Rivello, Bob Brookmeyer, Peter Erskine, Maria Schneider,Julia Dollison, Melvin Rhyne, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, TheIndianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, and the national touring companies of Hairspray, 42nd Street, and The Producers. Asa band leader and soloist, Matt has performed at jazz festivals and venues throughout the United States.   He has three albums to his credit, Live atSnider Hall, Psalm Songs and the recently released Time and Direction.  

Currently, Matt is the director of jazz studies at Butler University where leads the Jazz Ensemble1 and teaches courses in the jazz studies curriculum.   Under his direction, Butler ensembles have performed with world-renowned guest artists such as Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, Bobby Sanabria, Donny McCaslin,Fred Sturm, Melvin Rhyne, Steve Allee, Ted Poor and the Wee Trio.

Matt received the Doctor of Musical Arts (Saxophone Performance and Literature)and Master of Music (Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media) degrees from theEastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. While at Eastman, Matt studied with Ramon Ricker.  He performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble,the Eastman Graduate Saxophone Quartet, and served as lead alto saxophone of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble. Matt received the Bachelor of Music Education degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Matt has presented educational clinics and research at the Jazz Education Network Conference, the InternationalAssociation for Jazz Education Conference, the Midwest Band and OrchestraClinic, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the Indiana Music EducatorsAssociation Conference.   His publications have been featured in Jazzed magazine and

Matt is a member of the national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and in 2013, he received theMortar Board, Excellence in Teaching Award from the Jordan College of the Arts.  He is also a past president of the IndianaJazz Education Association.

In February 2009,Matt founded the Butler Youth Jazz Program and Butler Summer Jazz Camp.  From these programs, students have progressed to study at some of the top music conservatories and colleges in the UnitedStates.