Professor of Music




Dr. Matthew Hill, pianist and Goshen College professor of music, teaches piano, chamber music, music history, and pedagogy.  He is an active recitalist, chamber musician, concerto performer, and master classes teacher. His interests in monasticism, theology, and the role of silence in music, engage his teaching, scholarship, and performing with a unique perspective and depth. In the summer of 2013 he was on the piano faculty at the Schlern International Music Festival in northern Italy and also currently teaches on the piano faculty at the prestigious Interlochen Fine Arts Summer Camp.

Recently Matthew was selected to present at the 2014 MTNA National Convention on his studies with Claude Frank (“Brushes with Greatness”) and presented a recital and master classes at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Other professional highlights include: a series of master classes and a recital performance at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China; contribution of a chapter to Silence, Music, Silent Music (Ashgate 2007), publication of articles for Clavier, and an invited presention at  “Couleurs dans le vent: Celebrating the Music of Olivier Messiaen” held at the University of Kansas.  Matthew Hill has performed with with the UW-Madison Symphony, the Goshen College Orchestra, on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Elvehjem and at the White House in Washington D.C. as accompanist for the Wausau Conservatory Choraliers Children’s Choir.

The Blue Griffin recording label released his CD recording, Silent Colors, containing works by Liszt, Debussy, Messiaen, and several Gershwin songs arranged as virtuoso etudes by Earl Wild.  The American Record Guide commenting on this recording states: “Matthew Hill is a talented pianist who has definite ideas as to how this music should go. He has a respectable technique to accomplish his aims.”

He has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Howard Karp and has also studied with the renowned Beethoven performer Claude Frank, as well as with Dr. Richard Angeletti, and Dr. Garik Pedersen.  His students have won various competitions – including a variety of concerto performances, and have also gone onto graduate study at such schools as the University of Oklahoma, Ball State University, Bowling Green University, Westminster Choir College, the University of South Florida, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

Photography by Cyd Gallery

















Courses for 2013/14
  • Applied Piano
  • Music History
  • Chamber Music
  • Pedagogy
  • Music Perspective Course: Music: An Answerable Question (What is Music?)
  • Senior Seminar

Selected Professional Activity, Presentations, and Master Classes

Presentations and Master Classes

  • Recital and Master Class at Interlochen Arts Academy, 2014
  • MTNA National Conference Panel “Brushes with Greatness,” Chicago, 2014
  • Piano Faculty,  Schlern International Music Festival, applied lessons, master class, and performance on faculty recital, Schlern, Italy, summer 2013
  • Piano Faculty, Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, applied lessons, master class, Interlochen, Michigan, summer 2013
  •  Recitals, Master Classes at Indiana Wesleyan University and Ball State University, Fall 2012
  • “The Musical Narrative, Hermeneutics, and Context from Monteverdi to John Cage,” College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang, China, October 2006
  • Master Classes at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Chengdu, China, October 2006
  • “Could We Hear the Chopin Please?” Panel discussion at IMTA State Convention, 2005.
  • “Teaching Beyond the Notes,” Poster Presentation at Music Teachers National Association Conference, Kansas City, 2004.
  • “Chopin – Debussy – Messiaen: Sounds and Colors,” Presentation for Detroit Piano Teachers Guild, 2004
  • “Chopin Nocturnes: Arias Without Words,” Presentation for Indiana Music Teachers Association State Convention, 2003
  • “On Music History,” Presentation for South Bend Area Music Teachers Association, 2003
  • “Hearing and Seeing in Messiaen’s Regard du Silence,” Paper Presentation at the University of Kansas: Coleurs dans le vent: A Celebration of the Music of Olivier Messiaen, 2002
  •  “Encountering the Aesthetic in Applied Teaching,” Paper Presentation at College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter Meeting, St Olaf College, 2002

 Goshen College Piano Workshop Presentations, 2000 – Present

    • Master Classes
    • The Pianism of William Kapell
    • The Legends of Liszt
    • Claude Frank’s Teaching in Master Class
    • Debussy: Melody, Harmonic Color, and Silence
    • Chopin as Teacher
    • Piano Technique: Hofmann, Gieseking, and Schnabel
    • The Legendary Pianism of Gould, Rubinstein, and Horowitz
    • Clavier-Büchlein for Wilhelm Freidemann: Revealing J.S. Bach’s Pedagogy
    • Musical Immediacy: The Art of Demonstration
    • Introduction to 20th Century Music
    • Teaching Beethoven’s Bagatelles
    • Chopin’s Musical Aesthetic
    • The Pedagogy of Silence

CD and Publications

Silent Colors, compact disk recording of music by Liszt, Debussy, Messiaen, Wild/Gerswin. Notes by Matthew Hill.  Recorded on the Blue Griffin Label, 2011.

“Faith, Silence, and Darkness in Messiaen’s Regard du silence”, chapter in Silence, Music, Silent    Music, edited by Nicky Losseff and Jenny Doctor, Ashgate, 2007.

“Delightful, Easy Piano Pieces in Bach’s Clavier-BüchleinClavier, April 2004.

“Teaching by Demonstrating Expressive Interpretations” Clavier, May/June 2003

Selected Performances

Recital Performance, Spring 2014 at Interlochen Arts Academy

  • Première communion de la Vierge, Messiaen
  • Deux légendes  Liszt
  • Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13, Schumann

Recital Performance, Fall 2013 at Goshen College

  • “Eroica” Variations, Op. 35,  Beethoven
  • Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11, A minor, Liszt
  • Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13, Schumann

Performance on Faculty Recital at Schlern International Music Festival, Italy, 2013

Recital Performance,  Fall 2012 at Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Selections from Images I: Reflets dans l’eau  and Mouvement  Debussy
  • Selections from Vingt RegardsPremière communion de la Vierge and Regard du silence Messiaen
  • Sonata No. 5, Op. 53  Scriabin
  • Deux légendes  Liszt
  • Gershwin Virtuoso Etudes: Embraceable You and I Got Rhythm

Performance and Master Class, Fall 2012 at Ball State University

Program: Goshen College Faculty Solo Recital: Release for CD, Silent Colors (Blue Griffin), 2012

  • Images I  Debussy
  • Je dors, mais mon coeur veille  Messiaen
  • Sonata No. 5, Op. 53  Scriabin
  • Deux légendes  Liszt

Performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto, K.467 with Goshen College Orchestra, 2010

Program: Goshen College Piano Workshop Solo Recital, 2010

  • English Suite No. 4 in F J. S. Bach
  • Sonata in E-Flat Hob Haydn
  • Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este  Liszt
  • Three Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs  arr. Earl Wild

Program: Goshen College Faculty Solo Recital, 2009

  •  Selected Impromptus  Schubert
  •  Selections from the Vingt Regards sur L’Enfant Jesus  Messiaen
  •  Handel Variations and Fugue, Op. 24 Brahms

Program: Goshen College Collaborative Performance with Dr. Solomia Soroka, 2009

  • Sonata for Violin/Piano in C Minor  Grieg
  • Two Pieces from Op. 17  Josek Suk
  • Sonata for Violin/Piano in F Minor  Prokofiev
  • Second Ukraniam Rhapsody  Mykola Lysenko

Program: Goshen College Collaborative Performance with Dr. Solomia Soroka, 2008

  • Ballade in G Minor Chopin
  • Sonata in F for Violin/Piano Mendelssohn
  •  Sonata for Violin/Piano  Elgar
  •  Second Rhapsody for Violin/Piano Bartok

Program: Goshen College Chamber Music Recital, 2007

  • Viola Sonata in E-Flat  Brahms
  • Quintet in F Minor  Brahms

Solo Recital at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Chengdu China, October 2006

  •  Sonata K. 281 Mozart
  •  Mephisto Waltz No. 1 Liszt
  •  Piano Sonata Tippett
  •  Three Gershwin Virtuoso Etudes Arranged by Earl Wild

Performance of Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor at Ludington (MI) Music Festival, 2005

Performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with Goshen College Orchestra, 2005

Program: Goshen College Piano Workshop Solo Recital, 2004

  • Siciliano aus 2. Flötensonate   J.S. Bach/Kempff
  • Sonata Op. 33 No. 1 in A Major Clementi
  • Je dors, mais mon Coeur veille  Messiaen
  • Sonata in B Minor Liszt

Program: Goshen College Faculty Solo Recital, 2002

  • English Suite in E Minor  J.S. Bach
  •  Images I  Debussy
  • Introduction and Rondo Op. 16  Chopin
  • Scherzo Op. 39  Chopin

Central Wisconsin Symphony, 2001

Piano Soloist in “Carnival of the Animals”  Saint Seans

Collaborative Recital, Soprano Sandy Hill and Tenor Terry Chasteen,  Wisconsin Public Radio, “Live from the Elvehjem Museum” Madison, 2000

Songs by: Bernstein, Strauss, Rorem, Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Ernesto de Curtis, Eduardo di Capua


  • Illinois MTNA Collegiate Piano, MTNA Senior Piano, ISMTA Senior Piano, held at Northeastern Illinois University, 2013
  • Fort Wayne Symphony Young Artist Auditions, 2012
  • Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Tuesday Musical Club, San Antonio, TX, 2011
  • Fort Wayne area Hosier Piano Auditions at IU-PFW, 2009
  • Legacy Foundation for the Arts (Olathe, KS), 2008, 2009
  • Indiana Music Teachers State Hoosier Auditions, 2007
  • Indiana Music Teachers Association Senior/Collegiate Artist Auditions, 2006
  • Indiana Music Teachers State Hoosier Auditions, 2005
  • Artist of the Month, Fischoff Chamber Music Association, 2001-present
  • South Bend Chopin Piano Competition, 2002, 2007
  • Wisconsin Music Teachers State Badger Auditions, 2000
  • Wisconsin District Solo Ensemble, 1999