Bio

Matthew Lyon Hazzard (b.1989) is an award-winning composer, conductor, singer, and educator.

Praised for his “exquisite text-setting” and for creating “stunning landscapes of sound” (18th Street Singers), Hazzard’s music has garnered numerous accolades. In 2011, he became a prize winner in the Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers Competition, and won the North Carolina Master Chorale Composition Competition shortly after. In 2014, he was awarded the William and Eleanor Greatbatch Endowed Choral Composition Prize from Houghton College, and became a featured composer at Denison University’s TUTTI Festival. These early successes built into a succession of honors: Hazzard was awarded the grand prize in the 18th Street Singers 10th Anniversary Composition Competition, second prize in the 2016 International Choral Composition Competition Japan, named PREMIERE|Project composer for the Choral Arts Initiative, and won the 2016 Arrowhead Chorale Choral Composition Competition. Upon resuming his graduate studies in 2017, he won the ACDA Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Competition, and became the inaugural winner of the Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Composition Competition by GRAMMY-nominated ensemble, True Concord. His music is increasingly performed by collegiate and professional ensembles around the world, including the Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo, KC Vitas, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Bob Cole Chamber Choir, and others.

Hazzard earned his M.M. in Choral Conducting with honors from the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University Long Beach, and his M.A.T. and B.M. in Music Composition from East Carolina University. Prior to pursuing his M.M., Hazzard taught at Greene Central High School (NC) for four years where his choirs flourished underneath his leadership. His ensembles received consistent superior ratings, and won the 2015 Busch Gardens Music Sweepstakes Award for Best High School Choral performance; an honor that recognizes the strongest performing ensemble across the entire season. In 2016, his choirs were invited to perform on the stage of Carnegie Hall, where they premiered Ivo Antognini’s A Prayer for Mother Earth under the direction of Andrew Crane.

During his studies at California State University Long Beach, Hazzard directed the Bel Canto treble ensemble, and served as assistant conductor to the Bob Cole Chamber Choir, conducting both ensembles at regional festivals. He received the 2018 University Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity, and the 2019 Distinguished Achievement in Creative Activity Award from the CSULB College of the Arts for his work as a composer and conductor. He is now pursuing his D.M.A. Choral Conducting at the University of Houston, where he conducts the University Women’s Chorus and continues to write for voices.

 

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Matthew Lyon Hazzard is an award-winning composer, conductor, singer, and educator. Praised for his “exquisite text-setting” and for creating “stunning landscapes of sound” (18th Street Singers), Hazzard’s music has garnered numerous accolades. He was named the winner of the 2017 American Choral Directors Association Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Competition, a prize winner of the International Choral Composition Competition Japan 2016, and the inaugural winner of True Concord’s Stephen Paulus Emerging Composers Competition. His music is increasingly performed by collegiate and professional ensembles around the world, including the Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo, KC Vitas, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Bob Cole Chamber Choir, and others.

Hazzard earned his M.M. in Choral Conducting with honors from the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University Long Beach, and his M.A.T. and B.M. in Music Composition from East Carolina University. Before pursuing his graduate studies, Hazzard taught at Greene Central High School (NC) for four years. His choirs received numerous awards, consistent superior ratings, and were invited to perform on the stage of Carnegie Hall under his leadership. He is now pursuing his D.M.A. Choral Conducting at the University of Houston, where he continues to write for voices.

Awards

Academic

2019 – Distinguished Achievement in Creative Activity Award, College of the Arts, California State University Long Beach.

2019 & 2018 – Outstanding Student Award in Graduate Conducting, Bob Cole Conservatory, California State University, Long Beach.

2018 – University Achievement Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity, Academic Affairs, California State University Long Beach.

Composition

2018Winner of the True Concord Voices & Orchestra inaugural Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition.

2017Winner of the ACDA Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Competition.

20162nd Place Winner of the International Choral Composition Competition Japan 2016.

2016 – Featured PREMIERE|Project composer for The Choral Arts Initiative.

2015 – Grand Prize Winner of the 18th Street Singers 10th Anniversary Composition Competition.

2015Featured composer for the Denison University TUTTI Festival.

2014 – Winner of the 2014 William and Eleanor Greatbatch Endowed Choral Composition Prize from Houghton College, NY.

2012Winner of the 2012 North Carolina Master Chorale Composition Competition.

20112nd Prize Winner of the 2011 Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers Competition.

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