Saxophonist and educator Matthew Castner is currently a D.M.A. Candidate at the University of South Carolina where he serves as an instructor in the Music History Department, teaching MUSC 110: Introduction to Music. He also holds adjunct faculty positions at South Carolina State University and Presbyterian College, teaching applied saxophone and clarinet lessons. Previously, he was the Saxophone Teaching Assistant for Dr. Clifford Leaman.
Recent performance highlights include a trip to Moscow, Russia to perform James Whitbourn’s Son of God Mass with the Ex Oriente Lux Chamber Choir, a collaborative performance with inmates at the Lee Correctional Institute and a saxophone quartet tour of Helsinki, Finland. He is also a regular performer at North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, as well as the International Saxophone Symposium.
Active as a chamber musician, Matthew has previously held positions in the Parea, Orphic and Ingeniare Saxophone Quartets, as well as the Spark Collective. In competition the groups have advanced to the semi-finals of the NASA Quartet Competition, the finals of the Coltman Chamber Music Competition Competition and were selected as the winners for Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition in the state of Texas.
As winner of the Case Western Reserve University Concerto Competition, he performed Paul Creston’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone with the University Circle Wind Ensemble. A 2018 attendee of the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute, he worked closely with Dr. Hemke, Dr. John Sampen, Dr. Nathan Nabb, Dr. Gail Levinsky, Dr. Jan Berry-Baker, and Dr. Sean Hurlburt. He has also performed in masterclasses for Jean-Marie Londeix, Phil Woods, Dr. Frederick Hemke, Dr. Stephen Page, Taimur Sullivan, Philippe Geiss and the Masato Kumoi Saxophone Quartet.
Matthew completed his Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance at Stephen F. Austin State University, and dual undergraduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Music at Case Western Reserve University where he utilized the joint program with the Cleveland Institute of Music. His primary instructors include Dr. Clifford Leaman, Dr. Nathan Nabb, Greg Banaszak and Jeremy Williamson.