George Matthew

George Matthew, Jr.

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


   Biography
 Recent Concerts
 Interviews
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 Email: gmatthew@middlebury.edu
 Phone: (802) 247-9873
 The Carillons
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Upcoming Concerts

  • Thursday, April 23 at 12:15 PM
  • St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT - Organ & Brass concert
  • Friday, July 3 at 5 PM
  • Carillon Recital, Middlebury College, Opening of Summer Carillon Series
  • Saturday, July 4 at 1 PM
  • Carillon Recital, Norwich University, Opening of Summer Carillon Series
  • Wednesday, July 15 at 5 PM
  • All-Beethoven Carillon Concert, Middlebury College, Centennial Concert of the Summer Language School

    Summer Carillon Tour 2015
  • Saturday, April 11 at 1 PM
  • Carillon Recital, Luray Caverns Park, Luray, VA
  • Sunday, April 12 at 2 PM
  • Carillon Recital, Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA
  • Saturday, April 25 at 3 PM
  • Middlebury College, All-Bach carillon recital with the Middlebury annual Bach Festival
  • Friday, July 3 at 5 PM
  • Middlebury College, Opening recital, summer carillon series
  • Saturday, July 4 at 1 PM
  • Norwich University, Opening recital, summer carillon series
  • Tuesday, July 7 at 7 PM
  • Congregational Church, New Britain, CT
  • Thursday, July 9 at 7 PM
  • Congregational Church, W. Hartford, CT
  • Wednesday, July 15 at 5 PM
  • Middlbury College, All-Beethoven carillon recital for the centennial of the Language School
  • Sunday, July 19 at 1 PM
  • City Hall, Albany, NY
  • Wednesday, August 5 at 12:30 PM
  • St. James' Church, Danbury, CT
  • Wednesday, August 5 at 7 PM
  • Trinity College, Hartford, CT
  • Friday, August 7 at 7 PM
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Friday, August 14 at 4 PM
  • Middlebury College, Summer Language School Graduation


    Recent Concerts 2015
  • Thursday, March 12 at 12:15 PM
  • St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT - Organ & Woodwind concert
  • Thursday, March 19 at 12:15 PM
  • St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT - Organ, oboe & strings concert
  • Thursday, April 2 at 12:15 PM
  • St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT - Organ recital: Orgelgebet
  • Friday, April 4 at 6 PM
  • St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, VT - Organ, vocal & instrumental concert



    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. She recently released her CD Vox Celeste.

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