Originally from Lambertville Michigan, Matthew Halbert the Bass Trombonist of the Des Moines Symphony. His other affiliations include the Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Quad Cities Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, Toledo Symphony, Detroit Chamber Winds, the Durward Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Tri-Cities Opera. In 2011, he won 1st Place at the American Trombone Workshop's Bass Trombone Solo Competition for his performance of David Gillingham's Sonata, composed by his former instructor at Central Michigan University. As a member of the RAF Quartet, Matthew received two Honorable Mentions in the International Trombone Association's Trombone Quartet Competition. He was also a member of the Eastman Trombone Choir when it received 1st Place honors in the Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition at the 2012 International Trombone Festival in Nashville, TN. Matthew holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, and Central Michigan University. His teachers include Jonathan Allen, David Jackson, David Gier, Mark Kellogg, and Robert Lindahl.
Matthew has been teaching low brass students at all levels throughout his career. He currently holds positions as Teaching Artist of Low Brass at Drake University and Instructor of Low Brass at Grinnell College. He has taught at several other institutions including the Eastman Summer Trombone Institute, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. With the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Matthew has travelled France and Germany while coaching the low brass of the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony in 2016. During the summer of 2017 he and several colleagues presented the inaugural session of the Tomball Trombone Institute for 20 young trombonists in Tomball, TX. In it's second and third years the institute added an educators program in which band directors can participate and learn the specifics of teaching trombone more effectively to their students. Matthew believes that teaching music is not only a conduit of learning techniques for being successful as an instrumentalist, but as a vessel for lifelong enjoyment of the arts. Instilling enthusiasm and empowerment through music should be a fun and exciting learning experience!