Dr. Matthew Potterton is Associate Professor in Music 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 also 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. In 2011, Men in Blaque competed in the World Choir Games in Xiaoxing, China and earned gold medals in all three categories in which they competed. With this group, he toured to Mexico, Spain, Korea, and China. 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 is excited to be the new Director of Choral Activities at ETSU. He resides in Elizabethton, TN with his beautiful wife, Amy, and two children, Madison, 8 and Brianna, 6.