Matthew Dane serves as Principal Violist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston and Opera Colorado and is also a member of the Boulder Piano Quartet. Chamber music festival appearances include OK Mozart, Portland (Maine), Chamber Music Quad Cities (Iowa), Ruby Mountains (Nevada), Land’s End (Calgary), Snake River (CO), and Tanglewood. With the Boulder Piano Quartet and Jon Manasse he recorded quintets of Lowell Liebermann for Koch Records. Matt has appeared as soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, ROCO, and the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir among others; his chamber performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today and BBC’s Channel 3. Dane co-founded the Brightmusic Ensemble in Oklahoma City with his wife, flutist Christina Jennings. For Matt, teaching is a passion. During the summer he teaches at Greenwood Music Camp in Massachusetts as well as his own well-received Boulder Violist Session. Past faculty appointments include the University of Colorado and the University of Oklahoma, where he earned tenure. He actively maintains a private teaching studio in Boulder, working with committed students from Middle School to adults. Matt’s Doctoral Document, which examines the teaching influence of pedagogue Karen Tuttle, circulates among amateur and professional violists nationwide. Also an avid violist d’amore, Matt has worked with many composers, including Reena Esmail and Michael Theodore, to create many new works for the unusual instrument; he has presented/performed around the US, including the University of Michigan and his alma mater, Amherst College. He served the viola community as Editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society 2004-2008 and as a Viola Society Board member at both the local and national levels.