Bassoon, Oboe, Voice
Matthew Ogden teaches bassoon and voice at The Catoctin School of Music, where he also serves as the Operations Manager. Matthew also works as the choir director and organist at Saint John's Catholic Church of Westminster, MD.
Matthew is a very active freelance musician, currently playing as principal bassoonist with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing regularly with the Loudoun Symphony, Frederick Symphony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, Catholic University Symphony, the Charles Washington Symphony, the Kokopelli Woodwind Quintet, and several others. As a bassoonist, he has appeared in the recent period in such prominent venues as the National Basilica in Washington DC, the Italian Embassy in Washington DC, the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Brooklyn NY, Saint Bartholomew's Church and All Souls Unitarian in Manhattan, the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas VA, among numerous others. He began his bassoon studies with Scott Cassada, bassoonist with the Maryland Symphony. He later attended Indiana University School of Music, where he studied bassoon performance with renowned bassoon pedagogue Kim Walker, from whom he learned the method she characterized as the "Bel Canto Bassoon," an approach which emphasizes the commonalities between the vocal placement and vowel shaping used in the bel canto method of singing, and proper double reed instrumental technique on the bassoon.
Matthew is also a classically-trained lyric baritone singer, with background in both operatic and art song literature, as well as choral music. This summer, he sang in a performance of Verdi's Rigoletto at Wolf Trap Opera, and also appeared in a solo recital both as a singer and as piano accompanist for his wife (a mezzo-soprano) at Constitution Hall in Washington DC, at the opening ceremonies of the Daughters of the American Revolution annual national convention. His voice teacher, with whom he has participated in numerous masterclasses and operatic workshops, is the acclaimed Antonella Banaudi, an Italian dramatic soprano who has shared the stage in leading roles with such notable singers as Luciano Pavarotti.
Matthew Ogden is a proud member of both the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 161-710, and American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).
As a performer and as a teacher, Matthew Ogden firmly believes that music is an indispensable part of the very fabric of civilization, a language which allows for the most distilled and elevated expression of human thoughts and ideas, and that every person deserves the opportunity to grow up surrounded by a vibrant culture of musical performance and education.