Chorus Conductor

Chorus Conductor

Dr. Matthew V. Potterton

Mr. & Mrs. William T. Gamble Chair

Dr. Matthew Potterton is  Chair of the Music Department, Associate Professor in Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at East Tennessee State University. He has conducted choirs and taught voice at Baker University (Baldwin City, KS) the University of California, Irvine, Carroll College (Waukesha, WI), Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI), and Colorado University, Boulder. He has also taught elementary music, middle school choirs, and an award winning high school choir. Having worked with all ages, he is a frequent clinician,
adjudicator, and guest conductor. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in “The Literature and Performance of Choral Music” from Colorado University, Boulder and also has a Master’s Degree (MFA) in both Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting from the University of California, Irvine.

Under Dr. Potterton’s direction, the ETSU Chorale has toured New York and Washington D.C., performing in some of the Country’s most beautiful cathedrals. The choir recently had the opportunity to open for the world famous men’s ensemble, Chanticleer. In a masterclass, members of Chanticleer noted the ETSU Chorale was an elite University ensemble, “We hear choirs from around the world and few sound as good as this choir!” In April, the Chorale was selected to sing for the Tennessee Music Educator’s Association’s conference in Nashville.

In addition to conducting, Dr. Potterton has appeared as a tenor soloist in recital and on stage. Productions include Tobias in Sweeney Todd, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Nanki-poo in The Mikado, Barnaby in Hello Dolly, and Tamino in The Magic Flute. He has appeared as guest soloist for Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Creation, Bach’s B Minor Mass and St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus and Messiah, and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Symphony #9. Dr. Potterton has toured internationally with Men in Blaque, a men’s ensemble from Southern CA. This group has won gold medals in world choir competitions and is planning to compete again this summer in Wales.

Dr. Potterton resides in Elizabethton, TN with his beautiful wife, Amy, and two children, Madison, 12 and Brianna, 10.