Matthew Swope is a first-year doctoral student in choral conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He previously served as the Director of Choral Activities and Performing Arts Department Chair at Winter Park High School (Orlando, Florida) for 14 years, leading eight curricular choirs and two contemporary a cappella groups. Matthew has also served on the voice faculty of Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida) and Camp A Cappella (Dayton, Ohio).

A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Swope received his M.M. in Voice Performance & Pedagogy and B.A. degrees in Music and Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. In 2013, he was awarded Penn State’s Outstanding Alumni Music Educator Award and was included in the Most Influential People, Class of 2019 by Winter Park Magazine.  

Ensembles under Matthew’s direction have performed for the American Choral Directors Association

(ACDA) Southern Region, Florida American Choral Directors Association (Florida ACDA), Florida Music Education Association (FMEA), National A Cappella Convention (NACC), and the International Championship of High School A Cappella Finals. He has presented sessions for ACDA, FMEA, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. 

A tenor, Matthew was a founding member of the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the A Cappella Education Association and Florida ACDA.

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