Matthew Thomas Troy has conducted orchestras across the country including the Rochester Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, Carolina Chamber Symphony, Kensington Consort, Philharmonia of Greensboro, Gate City Camerata, Triad Chamber Music Society and the UNC School of the Arts Symphony. Maestro Troy is familiar to local audiences due to his previous work as Associate Conductor with the Winston-Salem Symphony from 2008 – 2014. Matthew Troy has held the position of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Piedmont Wind Symphony since January 2015. Troy also currently serves as Education Conductor with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, where he conducts the Discovery Series, Educational Concert Series, Link Up Concerts, and leads outreach efforts and performances. Troy has previously held positions as conductor of the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra, the Wake Forest University Orchestra and the Salisbury Youth Orchestra. Troy has led performances with many internationally renowned soloists, including Midori, Anthony Dean Griffey, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Judy Collins, Eileen Ivers, and later this year with Ben Folds.
In 2009, Troy led an inspiring performance with the Winston-Salem Symphony of Handel’s Messiah in its entirety with only 12 hours’ notice. He is a tireless advocate for music education and has won numerous awards for his teaching and programming. Troy is also a frequent conductor for All-State and All-County clinics across the country. In 2010, Troy created an innovative program that partnered with the San Francisco based organization called the African Library Project. Through this program Troy raised over 50,000 books to start 50 new libraries for schools in Botswana, while allowing three students in Winston-Salem to receive new instruments and music lessons. This program garnered national attention and Troy was invited to lead a presentation on the project at the 2010 League of American Orchestras conference in Atlanta.
Troy earned a bachelor’s degree in music at UNCG as violist, where he also completed his master’s degree in orchestral conducting. He also has studied at the prestigious Pierre Monteux School and with renowned conductors Maestro Gerard Schwarz and Maestro Kenneth Kiesler. In addition to his conducting engagements, Troy also keeps a very active schedule as a public speaker and in his free time, he enjoys reading, studying new music, traveling and singing.
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On Oct. 7, Maestro Matthew Troy graced the Civic Center podium, leading the OKC Philharmonic’s second Classics concert of the series. Joined by stunning violinist Jennifer Koh, the Philharmonic offered patrons an exciting, eclectic program consisting of Rossin’s “Barber of Saville Overture,” Barber’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14,” Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde,” and Paul Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.”
Troy, director of the Phil’s Educational Outreach programs led the orchestra with great clarity and energy. The ensemble performed exceedingly well under his baton, and with the exception of few rhythmically precarious moments (understandable, and easily forgivable, given the perilous challenges of this particular program), the group was remarkably unified in enthusiasm, direction of phrase and musical spirit.