Country: Texas, USA
Studies: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Oklahoma City University
Mathew “Mat” Aaron Campbell (b. 1992) started his musical journey at the age of eight when he took piano lessons followed by informal lessons on how to play drum set. His studies continued through middle school and high school with percussion as his primary instrument.
Mathew is originally from the La Hermosa barrio in San Benito, a small town found in the Rio Grande Valley in Deep South Texas. Much of the population in this region is underprivileged and Mathew’s family was no exception. After learning how to make the most of limited resources, he has turned to using his unique, speech-impedimented voice to uplift the work of other underrepresented Latinx artists and collaborators from the Rio Grande Valley.
He is an alumnus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where he earned his BM in Education as well as studied percussion and composition with Dr. Joe Moore III. Campbell graduated with High Honors from Oklahoma City University earning a double MM in Music Composition and Wind Conducting under the tutelage of Dr. Edward Knight and Dr. Matthew Mailman, respectively. He is a proud member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Society - Alpha Upsilon Chapter.
As an award-winning composer, Mat has collaborated with various educators and musicians throughout the nation. His passion for composing and conducting led to conducting world premieres with various student ensembles at the state and national levels. He has conducted his works at The National Flute Convention, ClarinetFest, and the Texas Music Educator’s Conference. His music has been celebrated by conductors and ensembles at various events in Los Angeles, Austin, Oklahoma City, the National Conference of Percussion Pedagogy, New Music on the Bayou, and at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago. His music has been reviewed in journals such as Percussive Arts Society’s Percussive Notes and the International Clarinet Association’s The Clarinet. His music is self-published and available through C. Alan Publications.
His piece Into the Void: A Study in Disembodied Consciousness was awarded first prize in the SATB Chorus and Percussion (3-5 Players) Category of the 2015 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest.
Mat is an aspiring media composer where he focuses on writing music primarily for video games and films of varying length. Notable projects include the Ari’s Journey Original Video Game Soundtrack available for streaming and purchasing on various platforms.
While forming a career as a composer and producer in both the concert and media music worlds, Mat is currently a Music Engraving and Audio/Video Specialist at C. Alan Publications and an Adjunct Professor of Music Production at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Works for Percussion
Aequilibrium - Percussion Quintet
Concerto for Piano & Percussion Ensemble - Piano & Percussion Octet
Electric Cathedral - Mallet Station & Percussion Quartet
Into the Void - Percussion Quartet & Choir
Sentinel - Percussion 14 & Concert Band
Sonatina for Percussion Ensemble - Percussion 12
Tour de Force - Percussion 12