IUP music alumnus Matthew Morse (MA 2013) was recently appointed assistant professor of
Music and associate director of Bands at California State University,
Sacramento, for the 2017–18 academic year. He will
share conducting responsibilities for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the
Concert Band and will teach courses in conducting.
Morse earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from
Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey, in 2011 and subsequently
completed a Master of Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting in 2013 from
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was a
student of Jack Stamp. He graduated in May 2017 with a Doctor of Musical
Arts degree in Wind Conducting from the University of North Texas, where he was
a conducting student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon.
Concurrent with finishing his undergraduate degree in 2011,
Morse retired as a chief warrant officer four following a 25-year
military music career with the United States Army. Early in his career, Morse
served for nearly 12 years as a multi-instrumentalist performing primarily
on euphonium and trombone and serving two tours each with the 4th Infantry Division Band at Fort Carson, Colorado, and the United States Army
Japan Band, Camp Zama, Japan.
In 1997, Morse was selected to become a warrant officer
bandmaster and served as the commander and conductor of the 3rd Infantry Division Band at Fort Stewart, Georgia, the 1st Armored
Division Band, then stationed Wiesbaden, Germany, and the 282nd Army
“Victory” Band at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He deployed as a band commander
to combat zones in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2000 and twice to Iraq during a
15-month period in 2003–04. In 2007, Morse was selected by competitive
audition for his capstone assignment as the associate bandmaster and director
of the Jazz Knights of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point,
New York, where he shared the stage with numerous name artists and soloists.
Morse has appeared as a guest conductor with many groups,
including the United States Army Field Band, the United States Army Europe Band
and Chorus, and the West Point Band. As an instrumentalist, Morse has
performed on bass trombone in recent years with the North Texas Wind Symphony,
the Keystone Wind Ensemble, the IUP Wind Ensembles, and the Pueblo Symphony
Orchestra in Pueblo, Colorado, along with various freelance settings, including
an orchestra backing Bernadette Peters in 2012 and a big band backing Doc
Severinsen in 2014.
Morse’s military decorations include the Legion of
Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak
leaf clusters. Other awards include the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Colonel
George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands for
his work with the 282nd Army Band in 2007, and also the South Suburban
Conference (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area) Achievement Award in Fine
Arts in 2013. Additionally, Morse received the Thomas Jefferson High School
(Bloomington, Minnesota) Fine Arts Hall of Fame award in 2009. Morse also
holds a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Morse’s professional affiliations include the College
Band Directors’ National Association, the National Band Association, the Phi Mu
Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Department of Music