Matthew McClungline

Matthew McClungEqually at home with orchestral, solo, and chamber music, Dr. Matthew McClung has performed with a wide variety of prestigious ensembles throughout the United States. He has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Hawaii Opera Theater, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Hanover Chamber Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, OrchestraX, Symphony of Southeast Texas, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, plus the symphony orchestras of Hong Kong, Houston, Lexington, San Antonio, Kentucky, Austin, Arkansas, Corpus Christi, Victoria (TX), Maui, and Honolulu. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Alisa Weilerstein, the Percussion Group Cincinnati, the Tierkreis Percussion Ensemble, the So Percussion Group, Strike 3 Percussion, Elemental Percussion, Musiqa, the Houston Composers Alliance, Da Camera (Houston), NOVA (Salt Lake City), the San Antonio Chamber Music Society, the Contemporary Dance Theater of Cincinnati, the Virginia Arts Festival, the Music in Time series in Charleston, South Carolina, the Cinco de Brasso Quintet, the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet, and Terra Nova, among others. As soloist, he has performed a marimba concerto with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and was featured on the ChamberX concert series in Houston, the NOVA series in Salt Lake City, and with the Shepherd School Percussion Ensemble. An active performer of contemporary music, Dr. McClung recorded Arthur Gottshalk's "Stations" for solo percussion and tape in 2001, as part of an ASCAP-funded project to commemorate the composer's works. He has also recorded the works of John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, Larry Austin, Charles Ives, Gerald Strang, Gerhard Samuel, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Shih-Hui Chen, Anthony Brandt, Andrew Hasenpflug, Michael Barnhart and Thomas Osborne. Currently, Dr. McClung is the principal percussionist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival.

A 2002 recipient of a Presser Award, Dr. McClung spent two months in Ghana, where he studied traditional drumming techniques with master drummers of the Ewe tribe. He also studied gyil (African xylophone) techniques with Kakraba Lobi, who is considered one of the ultimate virtuosi of the instrument. Some other musical endeavors have included the premiere of a steel drum concerto with the Northern Kentucky Symphony, the national tour of a Broadway show, jazz vibraphone with the Rusty Burge Quartet, and timbales with the Cincinnati-based rock band "Ray's Music Exchange."

A dedicated and award-winning teacher as well as performer, Dr. McClung is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. He is also on the faculty of the Hot Springs Music Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he works with students from prestigious conservatories around the country. Dr. McClung is also a founding member of Strike 3 Percussion, a trio that has performed for thousands of school children. As a Brown Scholar, Dr. McClung was the founder and first teacher of the Mini-Maestros program, a music-and-movement class for young people given through the Shepherd School of Music's preparatory program at Rice University. He is a frequent guest lecturer and holds master classes throughout the country.

Dr. McClung comes from a highly diverse educational background. While growing up in the small town of Crystal Lake, Illinois, he performed with several orchestras, including the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Youth Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, among many others. He then put music aside to work towards an engineering degree at the University of Cincinnati, which he received in 1995 He then returned to music, and received his Master's degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music three years later. In 2005, he received the first Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in percussion ever awarded by Rice University.

“…the exhilarating athleticism of Matthew McClung’s performance … made (this) the biggest crowd-pleaser of this musically rewarding afternoon.”
-Salt Lake Tribune

“McClung played stylishly and smartly … The performance sang with a distinctive joie de vivre.”
-Houston Chronicle