Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Matthew Hoch, Voice
Matthew Hoch is Assistant Professor of Voice at Auburn University, where he teaches applied voice, diction, and opera workshop. Dr. Hoch's students have gone on to successful careers in both classical and musical theatre genres and have won awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, NATS, MTNA, ACTF, and others. He has appeared as an oratorio soloist in dozens of concert performances throughout the United States including appearances with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Vox Consort, the Hartford, Rome, and Nashua Symphony Orchestras, and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. Dr. Hoch earned the BM degree from Ithaca College, the MM degree from The Hartt School, and the DMA degree in vocal performance and literature from the New England Conservatory. Dr. Hoch is a “double alumnus” of the NATS Intern Program, completing the program as an intern in 2006 and hosting the program in 2009. In the summer of 2013, he performed and presented at four sessions for the Eighth International Congress of Voice Teachers in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Dr. Hoch is recognized as an NYSTA Distinguished Voice Professional, an MTNA National Certified Teacher of Music, and has completed all three levels of Somatic Voicework™ certification with Jeannette LoVetri. His book, A Dictionary for the Modern Singer, will be released by Scarecrow Press in April 2014. In 2013, he was selected by NYSTA as a Master Teacher for the organization’s annual Comparative Pedagogy Weekend at Columbia University.
- Where did your passion for singing begin?
I actually began college as a saxophone major, but found myself enjoying choir even more than band. As a music education major (initially), I began envisioning a career as a high school choir director, so I changed my major to voice. I fell in love with the song repertory, especially German Lieder. When Elly Ameling gave an all-Schubert recital at my school (Ithaca College) during my sophomore year, I was hooked for life! I remain passionate about a wide variety of vocal repertoire, including opera, song, oratorio, chamber music, choral music, and musical theatre.
- Tell us about the new book you are writing. When will it be published?
It’s called A Dictionary for the Modern Singer, and it’s actually already written! Scarecrow Press (a division of Rowman & Littlefield) will be publishing it this spring—the release date is April 15. I just got the final edits back from the copyeditor over Christmas break. It’s a huge hardcover lexicon of musical terms that every student of voice should know. There will also be supplemental essays and multiple appendixes on various topics. You can read all about it here: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780810886551.
- What is special about Auburn University’s Opera Workshop?
The students are who are special to me, and I am proud of the nurturing environment that we foster. We are process-oriented and try to give performing opportunities to as many students as possible. (At a graduate school, a young singer may not have the opportunity to be on stage.) I am also proud of our team: my colleagues, Laurelie Gheesling and Anne Duraski, have rich experiences in the field of opera. They have much to offer, and they are a joy to work with.
- What is your favorite piece of advice for students pursuing a career in the fine arts?
Be as well-rounded as possible and take advantage of every opportunity. The best musicians and hardest workers are the ones who will have careers as performers, educators, and in the music industry. The Auburn University music faculty is first-rate; they are eager to give advice to help students reach their career goals in the field of music.
Last Updated: August 18, 2016