Wedding and event musician. Private lesson instructor. Keyboardist for hire.
My earliest memory of providing music for a wedding was the hour I sat by the water’s edge at The Gordon Lodge in Door County, WI. I was 16 years old, and from the Piano I found joy in shaping my compositions and choices around the varying energy of people as they moved from the ceremony to the reception area.
What distinguishes me as a musician is that I grew up in the hospitality industry. I majored in music performance at college, and worked directly in sales as a postgrad. It’s because of this background that I’ve earned a reputation as someone who can read the room, and cater to evolving energy levels at events.
Weddings are where I come alive. I’ve played piano in the chapel, strummed guitar at receptions, sung 1st songs and father/daughter dances. I’ve also officiated from the pulpit after setting my instrument off to the side. I’ve MC’d, DJ’d and served on catering teams. The privilege of being a part of creating one of the best days of a couple’s life is something I’ll never fully be able to describe, but it’s why I’ve worn so many hats in this particular field. It is such a joy.
What They’re Saying
I had Matt come and play for my wedding and could not have been more pleased with the decision. I had multiple individuals afterward come up to me and exclaim how beautiful and fitting the music was for the ceremony. What was even more exceptional was how Matt's incredible talent did not overshadow the ceremony itself, but rather masterfully enhanced the ambiance and heighten the emotion of the ceremony, creating an unforgettable day and memory. Matt does an exceptional job of pairing tastefulness with talent. Matt could easily entertain a room with upbeat piano playing and singing, but what makes him exceptional is his capacity to just as easily compose an ambiance fitting for a reception dinner or cocktail hour or any other respective setting. I wholeheartedly recommend Matt and his services to anyone looking. It wasn't until after my wedding and attending weddings after mine did I realize how much choosing the right musician commemorates the occasion and you absolutely cannot go wrong here.
I started studying music at age 7. I had the privilege of being taught by a woman who recognized that my strength was ear development and she thankfully encouraged me to learn that way. Eventually I got enough of a handle on notated music to pick my way through a piece and learn challenging audition material, but it wasn’t until undergrad that everything really clicked. I graduated from McNally Smith College of Music in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance and a Minor in Songwriting and Composition. No two students are exactly alike, and I’ve had multiple instructors over the past two and a half decades that have welcomed my individuality as a player, and helped me learn in the best way for me. That’s why I start new lessons from scratch. I determine what type of student I may be dealing with and we go from there. Sometimes there are method books and sometimes there are no physical materials at all. If a student loves classical music, we’ll go there, and if a student loves pop or jazz, we’ll go there. I love teaching, and am currently enrolling new students.