Ah, online introductions. How to start? It seems like a safe bet to break the ice by mentioning things that other people have said about my work: singers, conductors, or perhaps even a journalist. As much as I probably want you to like me, I think I’d rather give you the space to form your own opinions about my work, about me. For now, a little biography.
I was born in the early 1990’s on Long Island, New York, and given the name Cortlandt William Matthews. One thing led to another, and now I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: writing music, conducting, and singing (mostly choral music). It’s difficult to pin down an exact chain of cause and effect, but I'm sure several links involve studying composition with Jeff Nichols and Bruce Saylor (Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. MA in Classical Composition), and many were formed during my four years studying Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ (Thomas Faracco, voice. Steve Pilkington & Thomas Shelton, conducting. Christian Carey, composition). Though she doesn’t believe it, I think one of the first things in this chain of cause and effect involves a particularly moving, improvised composition from my mother, which encouraged good dental hygiene.
It seems I’ve had a long-standing fascination with the impact songs have on me. As a composer, I find myself pulled toward writing music for the voice, and particularly for choirs. My choral music has been performed by The Crossing at the Big Sky Choral Initiative, the Same Stream Choir on The Same Stream: The Inaugural Recordings, and by church, community, and collegiate choirs in the US, UK, and New Zealand.
Some of the things you’ll find on this website include recordings of recent compositions, a log of upcoming and past performances, and a way to get in touch with me. If you have a need for some words about me that would be more at home in a concert program, you can find those in this very page, just past this very sentence.