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 Matthew J. Olson

Matthew J. Olson leads an ever-diversifying career as a choral composer, conductor, singer, music educator, and arts administrator. He is winner of the 2013 Houghton College Sacred Choral Composition Contest for In Paradisum. His setting of Wendell Berry’s “The Peace of Wild Things” has been performed by choirs of St. Olaf College and Michigan State University, among many others. And his arrangements, having been performed in three continents, span all genres and styles including bluegrass, folk, hymnody, gospel, and rock.

Matthew is Artistic Director of Oratory, a professional period instrument orchestra and choir specializing in J.S. Bach’s sacred cantatas. As an educator, he has taught at Aquinas College, University of Wisconsin – Superior, North Hennepin Community College, and The University of Minnesota. As a chorister, he has sung with The St. Olaf Choir, The Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus, and The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists. And as a singer/songwriter, he debuted at The Fitzgerald Theater – home of Garrison Keilor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” as a part of Minnesota Public Radio’s widely acclaimed series, Works for Words. To learn more, visit

Matthew J. Olson has 1 titles published with Santa Barbara.
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In Paradisum SATB SBMP 1341 Audio Audio

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The Harbor
Brian A. Foy