Brooklyn-based conductor Matthew B. Dell became music director of the Rowan Youth Orchestra in 2013. Previously he served as music director of the Michigan Pops Orchestra, and assistant conductor of the orchestras of the University of Michigan, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, Saybrook Orchestra of Yale, and Yale Glee Club. He has conducted the Berlin Sinfonietta, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, University of Michigan Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, Yale Symphony Orchestra, and University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. He has worked on productions with the University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Opera Theatre of Yale College, and University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and has produced and conducted a concert celebrating the works of PDQ Bach. He currently serves as Artistic Planning Associate to Alan Pierson and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. As an educator, he is on the faculty of Turtle Bay Music School in New York City, where he conducts on the Hear it Now! concert series, teaches conducting, and is the creator of the “What is Conducting?” workshop for children.
Dell received his Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Kenneth Kiesler. He holds a Bacherlor of Arts degree in Music from Yale University where he studied orchestral conducting with James Sinclair, choral conducting with Jeffrey Douma, and tuba with Toby Hanks. From 2004-2008 he was a member of the New Haven-based brass quintet, Brass, where he performed diverse genres from early music to jazz, polkas, and contemporary works. As a tenor he has performed choral works under Helmut Rilling, Sir Neville Mariner, Sir David Wilcox, Steven Reinecke, and Krystof Penderecki.