Saxophonist Matthew Castner is currently a D.M.A. Candidate at the University of South Carolina where he serves as the Saxophone Teaching Assistant for Dr. Clifford Leaman and performs as a member of the Spark Collective Chamber Ensemble. Additionally he is the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at South Carolina State University where he teaches applied saxophone lessons.
An active chamber musician, Matthew has previously held positions in the Parea, Orphic and Ingeniare Saxophone Quartets. In competition the groups have advanced to the semi-finals of the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, the finals of the Coltman Chamber Music Competition and were selected as the winners for Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition in Texas. Other highlights include a performance on NPR station KMFA’s Listen Local and a concert tour of Helsinki, Finland hosted by saxophonist Olli-Pekka Tuomisalo.
As a contemporary musician, Matthew has given premiere performances of dozens of works by composers including Keaton Garrett, Kevin Krumenauer, Collin Kemeny and Andrew Stock. In his time at Case Western Reserve University he also performed with the Cleveland Institute of Music New Music Ensemble performing chamber works by composers Shulamit Ran and James Mobberley.
He has been featured with both the University Circle Wind Ensemble and the Stephen F. Austin Wind Ensemble, performing Paul Creston’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and James Pitts’ Turbo Scramjet, respectively. 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 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.