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Matthew D. Cyphert, D.M.A.

Lyric-Baritone/Teacher of Singing/Vocal Scholar

Matthew Cyphert, American Lyric-Baritone (D.M.A.) is a vocalist and teacher of vocal arts working and teaching in the greater Pittsburgh area, currently teaching applied voice lessons from his private studio in Homer City, PA. Before opening his studio in Homer City, Matthew served as a Doctoral Teaching Assistant for the Vocal Division at West Virginia University from 2019 to 2021, and as an Adjunct Lecturer of Voice and Aural Theory in the School of Music at WVU from 2018-2019.  Selected roles performed include; Papageno, Speaker, Armored Guard 2, and Priest 2 in The Magic Flute, Pandolfe in Cendrillon, John Sorel in The Consul, Top in The Tender Land, Boy no. 2 in Trouble in Tahiti, Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, the Superintendent in Albert Herring, and Count Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music.  As a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Matthew takes great pride in his teaching career and his students.  Before coming to West Virginia University, Matthew served as an Instructor of Applied Voice, Aural Theory, and Voice Class 1 & 2 within the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Kansas State University.  Dr. Cyphert received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Vocal Performance with a Piano Minor from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree from Kansas State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Literature at West Virginia University.

Education:

Doctor of Musical Arts 
Vocal Performance and Literature
West Virginia University
School of Music, College of Creative Arts
 Morgantown, WV
​2018 - Present [DMA Candidate: A.B.D. Status]
Master of Music in Vocal Performance
Kansas State University
School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Manhattan, KS
May 2017
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance
w/ Piano Performance Minor
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department of Music, College of Fine Arts
Indiana, PA
May 2015

Professional Associations:

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Active Member (since 2016)

NATS – Eastern Region

Active Member (From 2018 to Present)

NATS – Kansas District and West-Central Region

 Member (From 2016 to 2018)

Delta Omicron:

Professional International Music Fraternity

Lifetime Member

(Former Chapter Publicity Director)

The National Society of Leadership and Success

(Indiana University of Pennsylvania Chapter)  Alumni Member

Pi Kappa Lambda

National Music Honor Society

Member (Since 2017)

Skills, Certifications & Languages:

Instrumental Competencies:

Piano, Organ, French Horn, Trumpet, General and Mallet Percussion.

Conducting Experience:

Orchestral, Pit Band, Marching, and Choral

Stage Management & Directing:

Seven Years of Experience

Software Proficiencies:

Microsoft Suite, Intuit Quickbooks, Canvas by Instructure, OrgSync, Blackboard, and Finale.

Clearances:

ACT 151 (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance), ACT 34 (Pennsylvania Criminal History Check), and ACT 114 (FBI Clearance)

Languages:

Spanish (Intermediate Speaking & Reading)

Italian (Basic reading knowledge)

German - (Basic reading knowledge)

French - Basic reading knowledge

CPR and First Aid Trained

Teaching Experience:

West Virginia University, School of Music, Morgantown WV (Aug. 2019 to June 2021)

Doctoral Teaching Assistant – Applied Voice, School of Music

Courses Instructed: MUSC 126, 226, 326, 328, 426 – Applied Music in Voice (Major & Minor Lessons)

  • Instructed undergraduate voice majors and minors in private voice.

  • Course is taught in the form of a 60-minute weekly voice lesson with accompanist.

  • Average per semester enrollment: 15 → 18 students

West Virginia University, School of Music, Morgantown WV (Aug. 2018 to June 2019)

Lecturer of Music – Division of Voice, School of Music

Course Instructed: MUSC 126, 226, 326, 328, 426 – Applied Music in Voice (Major & Minor Lessons)

  • Instructed undergraduate voice majors and minors in private voice.

  • Course is taught in the form of a 60-minute weekly voice lesson with accompanist.

  • Average per semester enrollment: 5 → 10 students

Course Instructed: MUSC 161 – Aural Theory I (F. 2018)

  • Served as instructor of Aural Theory 1, the first course in the aural theory curriculum required of all music majors and most minors.

  • Course was taught three times weekly for 50 minutes.

  • Average per semester enrollment: 18 → 22 students

WVU Community Music Program, School of Music, Morgantown WV (Aug. 2019 to June 2019)

Associate Instructor of Music – Applied Voice Lessons

  • Instructed voice lessons to students enrolled in the Community Music Program.

  • Course is taught in the form of a 60-minute weekly voice lesson with accompanist.

  • Average per semester enrollment: 7 → 11 students

Kansas State University, School of Music, Manhattan KS (Aug. 2015 to May 2017)

Instructor of Music (0.5 FTE) – Vocal Division, School of Music

Course Instructed: MUSIC 103 – Voice Class I (Non-Music Major Vocal Course)

  • Served as Instructor of Voice Class I.

  • Course was taught twice weekly for 50 minutes. In addition to the weekly class sessions, ten weekly 30-minute voice class student lessons were taught.

  • Average per semester enrollment: 20 → 24 students

Course Instructed: MUSIC 104 – Voice Class II (Music Major Vocal Course)​​

  • Served as Instructor of Voice Class II.

  • Course was taught twice weekly for 50 minutes. In addition to the weekly class sessions, all students enrolled in the course received a 30-minute weekly voice lesson.

  • Secondary level course (enrollment requires prerequisite of MUSIC 103).

  • Average per semester enrollment: 6 → 10 students

Course Instructed: MUSIC 251 – Applied Study for Non-Music Majors (Voice)

  • Instructed undergraduate music minors in private voice.

  • Course was taught in the form of a 30-minute weekly voice lesson.

  • Ran a 50-minute weekly voice-studio seminar.

  • Average per semester enrollment: 3 → 6 students

Course Instructed: MUSIC 255 – Lower Division Performance (Voice)

  • Instructed undergraduate (Freshman and Sophomore) voice majors in private voice.

  • Course was taught in the form of a 60-minute weekly voice lesson.

  • Ran a 50-minute weekly voice-studio seminar.

  • Average per semester enrollment: 4 → 7 students

Course Instructed: MUSIC 321 – Aural Skills II

  • Served as Instructor of Aural Skills II.

  • Second course in Aural Skills Curriculum required of all music majors and minors.

  • Course was taught twice weekly for 50 minutes.

  • Average per semester enrollment: 20→25 students

Matthew D. Cyphert Voice Studio, Homer City PA (May 2015 to Present)

Owner/Instructor – Applied Voice Lessons

  • Managed a private studio in Manhattan, KS from 2015 to 2018, in Morgantown, WV from 2018 to 2021, and Homer City, PA from 2021 to the present.

  • Students range in gender and age.

  • Individual curriculum developed for each student (lessons in music theory, music history, and lit.)

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Music, Indiana PA (Aug. 2019 to June 2021)

Undergraduate Opera/Musical Theatre Dept. Assistant – Dept. of Music & Theatre

  • Assistant music directing all main-stage vocal music productions.

  • General everyday tasks such as filing, copying, scheduling, communications, and publicity.

  • Served as backup rehearsal accompanist/vocal coach throughout rehearsal processes.

  • Assistant to the Director of Opera/Musical Theatre.

Additional Work Experience:

Trinity Presbyterian Church of Clarksburg PA, Clarksburg PA (Oct. 2021 to Present)

Director of Music – Choir Director & Service Organist

  • Served as Director of Music for the church.

  • Duties included responsibility over all service music planning and performing.

  • Rehearsed and conducted the choir in preparation for the weekly anthem performance.

  • Served as Service Organist, providing hymn accompaniment, preludes, offertories, and postludes.

  • Planned out special music for holiday and summer services.

The First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan, Manhattan KS (Aug. 2015 to July 2018)

Vocal Service Soloist and Bass Section Leader – Church Chancel Choir

  • Served as Bass Section Leader in the chancel choir.

  • Performed as a vocal soloist for holiday services and special music services.

  • Acted as backup director for rehearsals of the chancel choir.

  • Served as fill-in pianist for special services throughout the liturgical year.

First Baptist Church of Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell PA (Oct. 2012 to July 2015)

Vocal Service Soloist and Bass Section Leader – Church Choir

  • Served as Bass Section Leader in the chancel choir.

  • Performed as a vocal soloist for holiday services and special music services.

  • Served as fill-in pianist for special services throughout the liturgical year.

Beacon Children’s Learning Center, Indiana PA & Greensburg PA (Aug. 2015 to July 2018)

Assistant Group Supervisor – Toddler Educational Division

  • Served as an Assistant Group Supervisor in the Toddler Division of the learning center.

  • Position required an extensive knowledge of early childhood educational techniques.

  • Required to follow all regulations outlined by the PA Department of Education.

  • Certified in CPR and required to maintain active clearances.