Matthew Culloton is the Founding Artistic Director of The Singers. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Concordia College and a Master of Music plus Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota. Aside from his duties with The Singers, Culloton is Choirmaster at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul. He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Saint Thomas in the Graduate Music Program. In 2004, Culloton received the MN ACDA Outstanding Young Choral Conductor of the Year Award. In 2003, he received the VocalEssence/ACDA of Minnesota Creative Programming Award. He has been commissioned to compose for the Dale Warland Singers, Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester and the MMEA All-State Choir.
Why have you chosen a career in classical music?
“My favorite part of working in the music field is the collaborative way in which the ensemble creates meaningful art together. I enjoy studying scores and spending time at the piano while I prepare projects, but the rehearsals with The Singers provide the human element that can’t always be captured alone. Exploration of great art and important themes is more fulfilling to me when done in consort with my choir.”