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Matthew Ogden

Matthew Ogden

Lecturer in Bassoon

Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Matthew Ogden is an active freelance musician, both in his capacity as a bassoonist and a singer (lyric baritone), and as a church choir director and organist. In addition to teaching bassoon at Mount St. Mary’s, he also teaches bassoon, oboe, and voice at The Catoctin School of Music in Leesburg VA, where he is also Operations Manager. He serves as choir director and organist at Saint John's Catholic Church of Westminster, MD.

Matthew is currently principal bassoonist with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, and performs regularly with numerous other orchestras, including a recent appearance at Carnegie Hall as principal bassoonist in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Gerald Schwarz. He attended Indiana University School of Music, where he studied bassoon performance with the renowned Kim Walker. As an opera singer, he has performed numerous principal roles including Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Don Giovanni and Menotti’s Amahl, as well as soloist in Handel’s Messiah. He appeared at a recent summer season at Wolf Trap Opera in an ensemble role in Verdi's Rigoletto, and at DAR Constitution Hall both as a soloist and piano accompanist for his wife (a mezzo-soprano). His primary voice teacher is Italian soprano Antonella Banaudi, and he also continues his vocal coaching under Henriette Lund.