Matt Hightower (b. 1988) is a native of southern Kentucky. He received an undergraduate degree in music education from Murray State University where he studied tuba with Ray Conklin and composition with Mike D’Ambrosio and John Fannin. In 2010 Matt received a masters in tuba performance from Indiana University where he studied with famed tuba pedagogue Daniel Perantoni and composition with P.Q. Phan. Matt is currently completing a doctorate in tuba performance at The University of Texas at Austin where he serves as the teaching assistant forthe tuba studio of Charles Villarrubia.
Matt has won awards both, as a soloist and a composer. In 2010, Matt won the Kentucky Music Educator Association’s Intercollegiate Composition Contest with the second movement of his chamber work for flute, clarinet, alto saxophone and piano “Mornings in Brookport.” Other highlights include the premier of “World Projects Fanfare” by the Murray State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the John F. Kennedy center in Washington D.C.
Matt has placed as a semi finalist and finalist in several mock-orchestral, band, and solo competitions. His most recent accolade was in the summer of 2013 where he was awarded the silver medal in the tuba artist division of the Leonard Falcone International Tuba & Euphonium Competition.
Some of Matt’s ensemble highlights include performances with the Austin City Limits Brass Quintet, Bloomington Camerata Orchestra (IN), Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, Victoria Symphony (TX) and with David Baker’s 21st Century BeBop Band.