WAUKESHA, WIS.— The Music department at Carroll University welcomes two new faculty this fall.
Dr. Joel Matthys is a visiting lecturer in music theory. He will teach courses in music theory, aural skills, form and analysis, and technology, and will help recruit new students to the music program. A 1997 Carroll graduate, he said it is a “dream” to join the university faculty. “Carroll was essential for shaping me into the person I've become. I learned not only how to be a fine musician, but also a scholar and a leader. I'm eager to continue Carroll’s great music tradition, while introducing new opportunities for students through electronic and computer music.”
Matthys earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Theory and Composition from Carroll, completed postgraduate studies in music composition at Butler University in Indianapolis, earned a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the International Computer Music Conference, the Canadian Electroacoustic Community, the Australasian Computer Music Association, and the Society of Composers, Incorporated.
A specialist in computer music, Matthys is the founder of CiCLOP, the Cincinnati Composers Laptop Orchestra Project. His compositions have been featured at conferences in the U.S. and abroad, including performances by sfSoundGroup (San Francisco), Zradci (Boston), Thelema Trio (Belgium), Fringe Logic (Cincinnati) and Vox Musica (Sacramento).
Seth Houston is a visiting lecturer in music and director of choral activities. He is honored to carry on Carroll’s tradition of choral excellence, and he believes that singing together builds community. He said, “I hope that the choirs will be a kind of social glue that fosters ties between students from different parts of Carroll. The choirs can also be a real bridge with alumni, as well as with prospective students who don’t yet know this is the place where their dreams will blossom.”
Houston holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Colorado, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music (ABD). He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization and the College Music Society. Houston’s numerous published compositions are widely performed and have been featured on “A Prairie Home Companion” and in more than a dozen recordings.
Choirs under Houston’s direction have included USC Thornton University Chorus, the DeKalb Festival Chorus (which he still conducts), and Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica. He also has directed youth ensembles with the Chicago Children’s Choir, Village Harmony and Big Sky.