Matthew Thomas Troy
Matthew Thomas Troy is entering his fourth season as associate conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony. In this position Troy also serves as the music director of the Youth Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony's education director. This season Troy is very excited to be conducting the Winston-Salem Symphony on classics, pops, discovery, side-by-side, educational concerts, holiday pops, youth symphony concerts and two performances of Handel’s Messiah. Recently Troy debuted with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and has previously held positions as conductor of the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra, Wake Forest University Orchestra, assistant conductor of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Salisbury Youth Orchestra, assistant conductor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC-G) Symphony Orchestra and viola/violin faculty member at the Music Academy of North Carolina, where he received awards for teaching excellence.
Troy has led performances with many renowned soloists including Midori, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Eileen Ivers and many others. Last season, Troy led an inspiring performance of the complete Handel’s Messiah with 12 hours’ notice with the Winston-Salem Symphony and Messiah Festival Chorus. He has received praise for his creative and engaging programming. In 2010 Troy created an innovative educational program which collaborated with the African Library Project. This program focused on the importance of literacy at home and abroad and raised over 50,000 books to start 50 new libraries at schools in Botswana and put new instruments and lessons in the hands of students here in Winston-Salem. The concert culminated with “Sabar: An African Drumming Concerto for Orchestra” by James DeMarrs. This program garnered national attention and Troy was invited to present at the 2010 League of American Orchestras conference on this project and he was the recipient of the 2010 Compassion in Action Award. Troy is a passionate advocate for orchestral music and music education and keeps a very active schedule as a public speaker.
Troy has competed in the Jordania International Conducting Competition and studied at the prestigious Pierre Monteux School where he studied with Maestro Michael Jinbo. Other guest conducting performances include the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Chamber Symphony, Kensington Consort, Philharmonia of Greensboro, Gate City Camerata, and Triad Chamber Music Society. Troy is a frequent conductor/clinician and has led numerous high school and middle school all-state and all-county clinics throughout North Carolina.
Troy earned a bachelor's degree in music at UNC-Greensboro, where he also completed his master's degree in orchestral conducting as a student of Maestro Robert Gutter. Troy has also studied with renowned conducting pedagogues Maestro Gerard Schwarz and Maestro Kenneth Kiesler at the Conductors Retreat at Medomak.
This season Troy will continue his newest appointment as education conductor with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Earlier this year the Oklahoma City Philharmonic received a $50,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation due to Troy’s innovative and exciting programs. Troy is excited to be back on the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) where he teaches instrumental conducting and has guest conducted the UNCSA Symphony. In his free time Troy enjoys reading, studying new music, traveling, and singing.