Matthew Hill

Professor of Music

Matthew Hill


  • BM, Missouri State University Springfield, 1987
  • MM, University of Kansas, 1989
  • DMA, University of Wisconsin Madison, 1995

My interests in theology, monastic spirituality, and the role of silence in music, engage my teaching, scholarship, and performing with a unique perspective.  As a teacher I act as a catalyst for the student to express the many subtleties of musical meaning. This entails technical refinement, an interpretation that is consistent and logical, as well as a sense of vision for any given work.  Music reveals to us as individuals, and as communities, untapped potentials for understanding, beauty, and grace.

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.

Courses for 2014/15
  • Applied Piano
  • Music History
  • Chamber Music
  • Keyboard Theory
  • Music Perspective Course: Music: An Answerable Question (What is Music?)
  • Senior Seminar

Music Teachers National Association Presentation, Chicago 2014

Brushes with Greatness – Studying with Claude Frank

Schlern International Music Festival (Italy), 2013

Applied piano, master class, performance on faculty concert series

Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, since 2013

Teach applied piano, master classes, seminar, piano ensembles, keyboard skills

Silent Colors: Blue Griffin Compact Disk Recording, 2011

Music by Liszt, Debussy, Messiaen, Gershwin/Wild. Liner Notes by

Matthew Hill

Ashgate (UK) Publication, “Faith, Silence, and Darkness Entwined in Messiaen’s ‘Regard du silence,’” 2007

Chapter in Silence, Music, Silent Music, edited by Nicky Losseff

(University of York) and Jenny Doctor (University of York)

Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Chengdu China, 2006

Taught a week of master classes, solo recital performance

College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Invited Lecture, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang, China, 2006

The Musical Narrative, Hermeneutics, and Context from Monteverdi to John Cage

Coleurs dans le vent: A Celebration of the Music of Olivier Messiaen

Conference Presentation, University of Kansas, 2002

Hearing and Seeing in Messiaen’s ‘Regard du Silence’

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