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Biography

Matthew Otto

Matthew Otto is an innovative leader, educator, and collaborator. As the Assistant Artistic Director of the award-winning Toronto Children’s Chorus, Matthew is conductor/co-founder of the Toronto Youth Choir, and conducts Chorealis, Chorale, and Training Choir III. He was privileged to direct the TCC’s Chamber Choir on tour to Russia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, USA, as well as at the 2017 World Choral Symposium in Barcelona. In April 2018, Matthew led the Toronto Youth Choir on its first international tour, travelling to New York City to sing with The King’s Singers in Carnegie Hall. The TCC has also premiered his treble arrangements of works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams. 


Committed to choral excellence, Matthew is founder/artistic director of Incontra Vocal Ensemble, a choral-arts collective of likeminded conductors, composers, vocal pedagogues, professional-level singers, and emerging artists.Passionate about music’s role in liturgy, Matthew has served as a pastoral musician since the age of 12. Since 2006, he has worked as music director at a number of Toronto churches and was appointed Choir Director & Organist at Christ Church Deer Park in 2014.


As a strong advocate forthe choral arts in Canada, Matthew served as President of Choirs Ontario from 2015-17 and represented the province on the board of Choral Canada. He has actively contributed to many choral communities in Toronto, including Pax Christi Chorale (Assistant Conductor), and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (Associate Conductor). He is also in demand as an adjudicator and clinician, recently adjudicating choirs at the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival. Matthew has guest conducted the Elora Festival Singers, Toronto Cantata Chorus and University of Auckland Chamber Choir. 


Matthew holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition and a Master of Music in Conducting. His conducting mentors include Doreen Rao, Helmuth Rilling, Karen Grylls, Simon Carrington and Maria Guinand. Currently, Matthewis pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Toronto, where his research interests include belonging, collaboration, agency, and the role of vocal pedagogy in choral music education. He recently presented papers at the International Symposium on Singing and Song IIand Podium 2018.