Matthew Nunes is a composer and euphonist aiming to improve the relationship between performer, composer, and audience. In 2017 he advanced to both the Northeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference's Mock Band Audition finals and the Leonard Falcone International Tuba-Euphonium Festival's Euphonium Artist semi-finals. Matthew was the 2012/2013 UCF Concerto Aria Competition Winner for Band – earning the distinction of being the first euphonium player to win since his former teacher Dr. Gail Robertson in over twenty years. Matthew was also one of seven euphonium players selected to Dr. Demondrae Thurman’s Workshop at the National Music Festival in 2013. He has performed with the Brass Band of Central Florida, Space Coast Wind Symphony, 2014 FMEA Intercollegiate Band, the National Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, as well as the UCF Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Orchestra.
Matthew is a published composer with two unaccompanied works for euphonium: Ashe and Dies Irave available from Cimarron Music Press as well as Flurry for flute quartet (or ensemble) available through Brixton Publications. In 2014 his band piece Second Strike won the Phi Mu Alpha Mu Eta Chapter Composition Competition and was premiered by the Space Coast Wind Symphony. In April of 2016 his Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Band was premiered by Dr. Gail Robertson and the Little Rock Wind Symphony. This Concerto will be featured on euphonist Aaron K. Campbell's debut CD For Those That Wander to be released in Fall 2017. In January of 2017 he was selected as Runner-up in the Mid- America Freedom Band’s Call for Proposals. Matthew’s recent compositions are available for listening on his SoundCloud profile.
Matthew has taught as part of the band staff at Space Coast Junior/Senior High School in Brevard County, Florida until 2015 and has taught private composition and euphonium lessons. Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from UCF studying with composer Christopher Marshall. He is currently earning his Masters in Euphonium Performance at Montclair State University studying with Derek Fenstermacher. His former teachers include Dr. Gail Robertson, Robin Sisk, and Tim Van Dam.
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Photos 1-2: Credit - Mary Scripko.
Photo 3: The 2017 Falcone Euphonium Artist semi-finalists with judges Don Palmire, Earl Louder, and Gail Robertson. Credit - Tom Hentschel.
Photo 4: With my former composition professor Christopher Marshall.
Photos 5: With Dr. Gail Robertson and Robin Sisk post-concert.
Photo 6: At the National Music Festival with Demondrae Thurman and a superb group of euphonium players.
Photo 7: BBCF competing at NABBA 2014. Credit - The UFFP Photography .
Photo 8: Performing Joseph Horovitz's Euphonium Concerto with the UCF Wind Ensemble.
Photo 9: Performing during a graduate recital. Credit - Rodney Leinberger.