Matthew D. Oltman

Matthew D. Oltman

Matthew D. Oltman

Lecturer, Choral Activities
Area of Focus: Conducting, Voice

Matthew Oltman is Music Director Emeritus of the Grammy®-award winning male vocal ensemble, Chanticleer and Artistic Director Emeritus of the New York-based Empire City Men’s Chorus. He currently serves on the faculty at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where he teaches graduate choral literature and conducts the Chamber Singers and All-Collegiate Choir. He is also the associate director of CORO and helps lead the CORO/Simpson College summer master’s program in choral conducting. Dr. Oltman first joined Chanticleer in 1999, singing in the ensemble until his appointment as Music Director in 2009. He led the ensemble through three critically acclaimed seasons which included over 300 concerts in more than a dozen countries. He helped launch the Chanticleer Live in Concert or "CLIC" recording label and was the editor of the Chanticleer Choral Series, published by Hinshaw Music. Dedicated to the creation of new choral music, he has facilitated commissions from composers such as Stephen Paulus, Mason Bates, Steven Sametz, Jan Sandström, Peter Michaelides, Roxanna Panufnik, and Ilyas Iliya, as well as Vince Peterson who arranged the choral/indie pop sensation, Cells Planets. Dr. Oltman served as the guest director of choral activities at UC Berkeley in 2011-2012 and as a guest lecturer in music at Texas State University in 2014. He is a regular guest conductor at the Choral Chameleon Summer Institute in Brooklyn, NY and for the Taiwan Youth Festival Chorus in Taipei. He conducted the Texas All-State Men’s Chorus in 2012 and made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2014 on the DCINY concert series. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Dr. Oltman earned a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Simpson College, an M.A. in Music from the University of York in England, and a D.M.A in Choral Conducting from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.