BIOGRAPHY

 
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Matthew Cyphert, M.M. - Matthew Cyphert (Baritone) is a vocalist and teacher of vocal arts working and teaching in the greater Pittsburgh/Morgantown area.  Matthew currently serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to the Vocal Division within the School of Music at West Virginia University, previously serving as an Adjunct Lecturer of Voice and Aural Theory (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019).  Additionally, Matthew holds a teaching position through the Community Music Program at West Virginia University, instructing voice at the Associate Faculty Level.  Mr. Cyphert can be found performing as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, and operatic/oratorio soloist.  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.  Mr. 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 is currently completing his study toward the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Literature at West Virginia University.  

Education
Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Literature
West Virginia University, School of Music, Morgantown, WV
​2018 - Present [DMA Candidate: Fall 2020]

 

Major Professors:

Dr. Hope Koehler, Assistant Professor of Music

West Virginia University, Vocal Division Chair

Dr. William Koehler, Assistant Professor of Music

West Virginia University, Voice Division

Selected Courses: Music Research & Bibliography, Music History Pedagogy, Doctoral Applied Voice I, II, II, and IV, Graduate Theory Review, Graduate Opera Theatre I & II, Graduate Masterclass in Applied Vocal Repertoire I, II, and III, Doctoral Seminar: J.S. Bach Then and Now, Graduate Seminar: Music and Protest, 20th Century Analysis, Doctoral Recital I and Doctoral Recital 2.

Master of Music in Vocal Performance
Kansas State University, School of Music, Manhattan, KS
​May 2017

Major Professor:

Dr. Reginald Pittman, Professor of Music,

Kansas State University, Chair of Voice Division, Director of Opera

Thesis: “An exploration of song cycles for the baritone voice: "An die ferne Geliebte" (1816) by Ludwig van Beethoven, "Sei Romanze" (1838) by Giuseppe Verdi, "Don Quichotte à Dulcinée" (1932-1933) by Maurice Ravel, and "Let Us Garlands Bring" (1938-1942) by Gerald Finzi” 

Selected Courses: Graduate Level Applied Voice I-IV, Graduate Opera Theatre I-IV, Graduate Theory Review, History of Opera, Introduction to Graduate Studies in Music (Research/Writing), Advanced German Diction, Art Song Literature, Seminar on the Life of Frederick Chopin, Advanced French Diction, Graduate Theory Style Analysis, Advanced Vocal Pedagogy, Choral Literature, and Methods and Materials for the Studio.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance
(with a Minor in Piano Performance)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, College of Fine Arts, Indiana, PA
​May 2015

Major Professors:

Dr. Mary Logan-Hastings, Professor of Voice

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chair of Voice Area
Dr. Sarah J. Mantel, Professor Emeritus of Voice

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Director of Opera Theatre

Selected Courses: Private Piano I-IV, Private Voice I-VIII, Aural Skills I-IV, Music Theory I-IV, Music & Literature Survey, Music History I & II, Italian Diction, German Diction, French Diction, Fundamentals of Conducting, Technology for General Musicianship, Vocal Pedagogy, Chamber Singers, University Chorale, Opera Production, Musical Production, Musical Theater Workshop, Opera Workshop, and Music Recital Attendance.

General Education Courses: General Psychology, World Religions, College Writing, History of the Modern Era, College Algebra, English

Composition II, Cultural Anthropology, Principles of Sociology, Physics of Light & Sound, Physical Well-Being, Geoscience and Lab, and

Elementary Spanish I & II.

Skills

Instrumental Competencies:

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

Conducting Experience:

  • Orchestral, Pit Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band (Four Years)

Stage Management/Directing:

  • Seven Years of Experience

CPR and First Aid Trained

Software Proficiencies:

  • Microsoft Suite (Including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

  • Intuit Quickbooks (Small Business Accounting Software)

  • Canvas by Instructure (Learning Management System)

  • OrgSync (Your Campus Engagement Network for Student Involvement)

  • Blackboard

  • Finale Suite

Languages
  • Spanish - Intermediate Speaking and Reading Level

  • Italian - Basic reading knowledge (Diction courses)

  • German - Basic reading knowledge (Diction courses)

  • French - Basic reading knowledge (Diction courses)

Professional Associations

National Association of Teachers of Singing – Active Member (since 2016)

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NATS – Kansas District and West-Central Region – (From 2016 to 2018)

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NATS – Eastern Region – Active Member (From 2018 to Present)

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Delta Omicron: Professional International Music Fraternity – Lifetime Member (Former Chapter Publicity Director)

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The National Society of Leadership and Success (Indiana University of Pennsylvania Chapter) – Alumni Member

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Pi Kappa Lambda (Kansas State University): National Music Honor Society – Member

Work​
experience​
Doctoral Teaching Assistant (0.5 FTE) - Applied Vocal Studies
School of Music, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
August 2019 - Present

Courses Instructed:

  • MUSC 126, 226, 326, 328, 426 – Applied Music in Voice

    • 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

Private Applied Voice Instructor
M. Cyphert Voice Studio, Morgantown, WV
August 2018 - Present
  • Manage a modest private studio in the Morgantown, WV area.

  • Students range in gender and age.

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

Lecturer (Adjunct) - Applied Voice and Aural Theory
School of Music, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
August 2018 - June 2019

Courses Instructed:

  • MUSC 161 – Aural Theory I (F. 2018)

    • Served as Instructor of Aural Theory I.

    • First course in aural theory curriculum required of all music majors and minors.

    • Course was taught three times weekly for 50 minutes.

    • Average per semester enrollment: 15-20 students

Courses Instructed:

  • MUSC 126A, 226A, & 326A – Applied Music in Voice (F. 2018 & S. 2019)

    • MUSC 126, 226, 326, 328, 426 – Applied Music in Voice
    • 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

Private Applied Voice Instructor
M. Cyphert Voice Studio, Manhattan, KS
August 2015 - August 2018
  • Manage a modest private studio in the Manhattan, KS area.

  • Students range in gender and age.

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

Instructor (0.5 FTE) - Vocal Division
School of Music, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
August 2015 - May 2017

Courses Instructed:

  • MUSIC 103 – Voice Class I (F. 2015, S. 2016, F. 2016, and S. 2017)
    • 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.

    • Full responsibility for developing course curriculum, scheduling, grading, and lectures.

    • Average per semester enrollment: 15-20 students

  • MUSIC 104 – Voice Class II (F. 2015, S. 2016, F. 2016, and S. 2017)

    • 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.

    • Full responsibility for developing course curriculum, scheduling, grading, and lectures.

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

    • Average per semester enrollment: 6-10 students

  • MUSIC 251 – Applied Study for Non-Music Majors (F. 2015, S. 2016, F. 2016, S. 2017)

    • 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 (~6-12 students)

    • Average per semester enrollment: 2-4 students

  • MUSIC 255 – Lower Division Performance (F. 2015, S. 2016, F. 2016, S. 2017)

    • 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 (~6-12 students)

    • Average per semester enrollment: 2-4 students

  • MUSIC 321 – Aural Skills II (F. 2015)

    • 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

Undergraduate Assistant - Opera/Musical Theatre Area
Dept. of Music, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
August 2012 - May 2015

Responsibilities Included:

  • 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:
Contracted Church Soloist/Bass Section Leader
The First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan, Manhattan, KS
August 2015 - August 2018

Crisis/Intake Specialist
The Open Door: Drug and Alcohol Abuse Clinic, Indiana, PA
June 2014 - August 2015
Contracted Church Soloist/Bass Section Leader for Choir
The First Baptist Church of Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell, PA
October 2012 - August 2015
Assistant Group Supervisor (Pre-School/Early Age Group)
Beacon Children's Learning Center, Indiana, PA
August 2009 - June 2012