Dr. Matthew Potterton is Associate Professor in Music, Interim Department of Music
Chair, and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at East Tennessee State University.
He has conducted choirs and taught voice at Baker University (Baldwin City, KS) the
University of California, Irvine, Carroll College (Waukesha, WI), Alverno College
(Milwaukee, WI), and Colorado University, Boulder. He has taught elementary music,
middle school choirs, and an award winning high school choir. Having worked with all
ages, he is a frequent clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. He holds a Doctor
of Musical Arts degree in "The Literature and Performance of Choral Music" from Colorado
University, Boulder and also has a Master's Degree (MFA) in both Vocal Performance
and Choral Conducting from the University of California, Irvine.
In addition to conducting, Dr. Potterton has appeared as a tenor soloist in recital
and on stage. Productions include Tobias in Sweeney Todd, Alfred in Die Fledermaus,
Nanki-poo in The Mikado, Barnaby in Hello Dolly, and Tamino in The Magic Flute. He
has appeared as guest soloist for Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Creation, Bach's B
Minor Mass and St Matthew Passion, Handel's Judas Maccabaeus and Messiah, and Beethoven's
Mass in C Major.
Dr. Potterton also performs with a male ensemble from Irvine, California during the
summer called Men in Blaque. With this group, he has toured to Mexico, Spain, Korea,
and China, winning gold medals in several world competitions. As a guest artist with
other groups, he has performed as a soloist in international choral competitions/festivals
including, Yeosu International Competition and Festival, Yeosu, Korea, World Choir
Games, Shaoxing and Xiamen, China, Festival Mundial De Coros, Puebla, Mexico, Daegu
International Choir Festival, Daegu, Korea, Béla Bartók International Choir Competition,
Debrecen, Hungary, and International Musical Eisteddfod, Llangollen, Wales.
Dr. Potterton resides in Elizabethton, TN with his beautiful wife, Amy, and two children,
Madison, 12, and Brianna, 10.