Matthew Harden is founder and artistic director of the adult chamber ensemble Madrigali et al., which is the fourth choral ensemble he has built over his career. In addition, he is Music Minister at St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church in Kearny, New Jersey. His collegiate teaching experience includes being Director of Choral Activities at three different universities, The University of Nebraska at Omaha, The University of South Dakota and East Carolina University.Dr. Harden earned his doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Choral Music Education) from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, his master’s degree from Portland State University, and two bachelor’s degrees (Performance and Education) from Southern Oregon State College. His studies and degrees are in the areas of conducting, organ performance, music education, and vocal performance. He has taught private voice lessons since 1983 and worked with several singers to rehabilitate their injured voices.
He founded the North Coast Chorale, now celebrating its twenty-eighth year of existence. He was assistant conductor and tenor section leader for the Portland Symphonic Choir, Artistic Director for the Early Music ensemble “Sine Nomine,” and taught in various Oregon schools for twelve years. He has conducted choirs on tour in the United States, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Russia and The Netherlands, and festival choirs in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and most recently the professional choir Polifonia in Lithuania. An active member of the ACDA, Chorus America, NAfME, NCCO, and IFCM, he served as President of the Nebraska Choral Directors’ Association from 2011-2013.
He lives in New Jersey with his wife Shellie and is very proud of his three children, Tim, Noelle and CJ.