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Dr. Matthew Castner

About Dr. Castner

  • Dr. Matthew Castner

    Dr. Matthew Castner

    Assistant Professor: Saxophone/Music Industry

Dr. Matthew Castner was recently named Assistant Professor of Saxophone/Music Industry at Boise State University. Previous faculty appointments include Winthrop University, University of South Carolina Aiken, Presbyterian College and South Carolina State University.

Recent performance highlights include a trip to Moscow, Russia to perform James Whitbourn’s Son of God Mass with the Ex Oriente Lux Chamber Choir, a collaborative performance with inmates at the Lee Correctional Institute and a saxophone quartet tour of Helsinki, Finland. He is also a regular performer at North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, as well as the International Saxophone Symposium. As an orchestral performer, he has appeared with the Augusta Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Florence Symphony, and Longview (TX) Symphony.

As a chamber musician, Dr. Castner is a founding member of the Horn/Saxophone duo PIVOT, a group dedicated to promoting perspective shifts in their audiences through exposure to newly commissioned works. Their debut album “terraform” is now streaming on all major platforms. As the baritone chair of the Palmetto Saxophone Quartet he regularly performs and presents clinics at universities across the country.

Dr. Castner holds graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina (DMA) and Stephen F. Austin State University (MM). He earned dual undergraduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Music at Case Western Reserve University, utilizing the joint program with the Cleveland Institute of Music. His primary instructors include Dr. Clifford Leaman, Dr. Nathan Nabb, Greg Banaszak and Jeremy Williamson.

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