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Matthew F. Reese is a conductor and musicologist, focusing on Anglo-American music and the Transatlantic exchange. His current research deals with American intellectual history and musical aesthetics at the fin de siècle. Matthew graduated magna cum laude with High Honors in Music and History from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, where his thesis was supervised by James Armstrong, Tuška Beneš, and Chandos Michael Brown. He completed both his M.Phil and D.Phil in Musicology at The University of Oxford (St. Hugh’s and Brasenose Colleges, respectively). There, his masters supervisors were Daniel Grimley (Merton) and Michael Burton (New). His doctorate was supervised by the Mahler scholar, Peter Franklin (St. Catherine’s). His dissertation, ‘“Voices of All the Nations”: Strauss, Saint-Saëns, Scriabin, and the American Concert Tour at the Fin de Siècle’, was approved by the university examiners in December 2019.

Now in his second year at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Reese has taken on a varied course load, teaching freshman ‘Great Books’, the undergraduate nineteenth-century survey, English music, music during the Reformation, Mahler, and Wagner.

In addition to his academic work, Reese is an active performer. He is Music Director of the new Washington Young Sinfonia, and sings with a number of Episcopal cathedral and parish choral foundations in the Baltimore-Washington area. You can read more about his musical activities at