George Matthew

George Matthew, Jr.

Carillonneur, Middlebury College and Norwich University, Vermont
Organist, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Middlebury, Vermont


   Biography
 Recent Concerts
 Interviews
 Archive
 Email: gmatthew@middlebury.edu
 Phone: (802) 247-9873
 The Carillons
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Upcoming Concerts
  • Thursday, March 27 at 12:15 PM   Accompanist to Linda Radtke, vocal recital, St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT,
  • Thursday, April 3 at 12:15 PM   Strings and organ concert: (Handel Concerti #3 and 5), St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT
  • Thursday, April 17 at 12:15 PM   Organ recital: music of Passiontide, St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT
  • Sunday, September 7 at 3 PM   Organ recital, First Baptist Church, Burlington, VT

  • Summer Carillon Tour 2014
  • Saturday, March 15 at 2 PM   Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  • Saturday, May 3 at 1 PM &npbsp; Luray Caverns Park, Luray, VA
  • Sunday, May 4 at 3:30 PM   Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA
  • Tuesday, July 1 at 7 PM   Congregational Church, New Britain, CT
  • Wednesday, July 2 at 12:30 PM   St. James' Church, Danbury, CT
  • Friday, July 4 at 7 PM   Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
  • Saturday, July 5 at 1 PM   Norwich University, Northfield, VT
  • Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 PM   Almerestad, Netherlands
  • Saturday, July 12 at 2:30 PM   Venlo, Netherlands
  • Wednesday, July 16 at 10 AM   Dienze, Belgium
  • Wednesday, July 16 at 8:30 PM   Tienen, Belgium
  • Friday, July 18 at 9 PM   Brugges, Belgium
  • Saturday, July 19 at 1 PM   Ieper, Belgium
  • Monday, July 21 at 7 PM   Brielle, Netherlands
  • Wednesday, July 23 at 4 PM   Hanover, Germany
  • Saturday, July 26 at noon   Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Sunday, July 27, time TBA   Kassel, Germany
  • Monday, July 28 at 8 PM   Bonn, Germany
  • Wednesday, July 30 at 5:30 PM   Wuerzburg, Germany
  • Saturday, July 9 at 11 AM   Zofingen, Switzerland
  • Monday, August 11 at 7:30 PM   Taninges, France
  • Thursday, August 14 at 7 PM   Perpignan, France
  • Sunday, August 17 at 6 PM   Cohasset, MA
  • Monday, August 18 at 7 PM   Norwood, MA
  • Thursday, August 21 at 7 PM   Storrs, CT

  • Summer Carillon Tour 2013
  • Saturday, April 6 at 2 PM   Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  • Saturday, April 20 at 2 PM   Luray Caverns Park, Luray, VA
  • Sunday, April 21 at 3 PM   Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA
  • Saturday, May 11 at 4 PM   John Cage and his Legacy, Mead Chapel, Middlebury College program
  • Friday, June 21 at 12 Noon PM   City Hall Albany, NY
  • Saturday, June 22 at 1 PM   John Cage and his Legacy, Adams Tower, Norwich University program
  • Friday, July 5 at 5 PM   Mead Chapel, Middlebury College
  • Saturday, July 6 at 1 PM   Norwich University, Northfield, VT
  • Friday, August 16 at 7 PM   Recital for Language School Graduation, Middlebury College

  • Recent Concerts 2013
  • Thursday, March 14 at 12:15 PM   All-Mozart concert for strings and organ, St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT
  • Thursday, March 21 at 12:15 PM   Accompanist to Francois Clemmons in a program of spirituals, St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT
  • Thursday, March 28 at 12:15 PM   Orgelgebet, a program of music for Maundy Thursday, St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT
  • Thursday, July 25 at 12 Noon   All-Handel concert, organ and strings, St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT
  • Thursday, August 1 at 12 Noon   Organ recital, St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT
  • Thursday, Dec. 5 at 12:15 PM   St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT. Songs for the Journey of Advent. Linda Radtke, contralto. George Matthew, accompanist.
  • Thursday, Dec. 12 at 12:15 PM   St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT. The St. Stephen's Band. Emily Sunderman, director. George Matthew, organist, in an all-Handel progam.
  • Thursday, Dec. 19 at 12:15 PM   St. Stephen's, Church, Middlebury, VT. Organ recital of Advent and Christmas music



  • Summer Carillon Tour 2012
  • Saturday, April 21 at 2 PM   Luray Caverns Park, Luray, VA program
  • Sunday, April 22 at 3 PM   Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA program
  • Saturday, May 19 at 2 PM   University of Massachusetts, Amherst program
  • Friday, June 29 at Noon   City Hall, Albany, NY program
  • Tuesday, July 10 at 7 PM   Congregational Church, New Britain, CT
  • Wednesday, July 11 at 12:30 PM   St. James Church, Danbury, CT program
  • Thursday, July 12 at 7 PM   Congregational Church, West Hartford, CT program
  • Wednesday, August 8 at 7 PM   Metropolitan Church, Toronto, Canada program
  • Thursday, August 9 at 6 PM   University of Toronto, Canada program
  • Sunday, August 12 at 6 PM   St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Cohasset, MA program
  • Monday, August 13 at 7 PM   City Hall, Norwood, MA program
  • Friday, August 17 at 7 PM   Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT program
  • Sunday, August 19 at 1 PM   Princeton University, Princeton, NJ program
  • Friday, October 12 and 13   Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. Carillon recital preceding visit by the Dalai Lama

  • Recent Concerts 2012
  • Thursday, March 15 at 12:15 PM   Recital of Russian Organ Music, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Middlebury, VT
  • Thursday, March 22 at 12:15 PM   Organ and Strings Concert, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Middlebury, VT
  • Thursday, March 29 at 12:15 PM   Recital of Afro-American Music, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Middlebury, VT
  • Thursday, April 5 at 12:15 PM   Orgelgebet (Organ Prayers), St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Middlebury, VT
  • Saturday, May 12 at 7 PM   Accompanist to Spring Concert, Middlebury College/Community Chorus, Federated Church, Rochester, VT
  • Sunday, May 13 at 3 PM   Accompanist to Spring Concert, Middlebury College/Community Chorus, Middlebury College
  • Monday, July 9 at 7:30 PM   Recital of Russian Organ Music, Middlebury College Mead Chapel program
  • Thursday, July 26 at Noon   Mozart for Strings and Organ, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Middlebury, VT
  • Thursday, August 2 at Noon   Organ recital, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Middlebury, VT
  • Thursday, December 6 at Noon   Strings and organ concert, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Middlebury, VT program
  • Thursday, December 20 at Noon   Organ recital, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Middlebury, VT program



  • John Cage and his Legacy

    An article submitted to the GCNA (Guild of Carillonneurs in North America) about the John Cage Carillon Project

    Played on the Charlotte Nichols Greene carillon of Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. June 22, 2013

    Presented in conjunction with the John Cage Centenary, Forum for Contemporary Music Leipzig and played on 50 carillons worldwide. Permission to stream granted by Peters Editions, publisher.

    Music of chance and mathematical selection by John Cage in the '50's and '60's.





    Spirals by composer Kathryn Mishell. Performed on the Norwich University Carillon, Northfield, Vermont on June 22, 2013. Permission to stream granted by the composer.





    A requirement for the CAS degree (Certificate of Advanced study) at Wesleyan University, Connecticut in 1980 was the presentation of a recital of original works based on the candidate's area of study. My recital consisted of three works:

    1. The Cloud Journey: A piece for veena and organ

    This was a collaborative work with Dr. Karaikudi Subramanian, my instuctor in South Indian music. The title suggests Kalidasa's epic, "The Cloud Messengers", and is an interplay of Indian and Indian-influenced Western styles.

    Dr. Subramanian, veena
    George Matthew Jr., organ

    Schlicker Organs, Buffalo, NY
    Wesleyan University Chapel, Middletown, CT
    Recorded March 1980


    2. The Call: A piece for alto horn and electronic sound

    A microphone fed the alto horn signal into a reel-to-reel tape recorder; the tape was then fed into another reel-to-reel playback about six feet away, achieving a ten second delay. The output of the second recorder controlled two pitch-controlled oscillators. The alto horn initially announced a theme, but from then on improvised a dialog with the tape-delayed electronic instrument, frequently introducing new material. The player improvises on the alto horn and controls the electronic instrument.

    George Matthew Jr., alto horn

    Wesleyan University Chapel, Middletown, CT
    Recorded March 1980


    3. Changes: A piece for handbell choir and electronic sound

    A modal melody suggests harmonies and is modified by change ringing rules. A prerecorded electronic commentary derived from bell sounds modified according to music concrète techniques intrudes from time to time.

    The Handbell Choir of First Congregational Church, Portland, CT

    Wesleyan University Chapel, Middletown, CT
    Recorded March 1980




    Patriotic Medley played on the Norwich University carillon


    Columbia Gem of the Ocean played on the Norwich University carillon


    God Bless America played on the Norwich University carillon


    Grand Old Flag played on the Norwich University carillon


    Yankee Doodle Dandy played on the Norwich University carillon



    Interviews in the Press/Media
    Interview with Steve Zind on Vermont Public Radio's Morning Edition, September 23rd, 2004
    Read the transcript or Listen (you'll need Windows Media Player to hear it online.)

    The Rutland Herald, July 7, 2004
    A Recent Article in the Chronicle of Higher Education

    The Carillons
    Images of the carillon at Mead Chapel, Middlebury College
    Images and information about the Norwich University carillon tower
    Link to Norwich University article about the carillon

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    My wife Sherri Matthew: New Age Music - Gregorian Chant melodies on Irish wire-strung harp and layered pipe organ, synthesizer and sounds from nature

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