He was the founding conductor of the Steamboat Springs Symphony where he served as conductor for 6 years. In 2010, Mr. Switzer completed the composition of Ansel and the Great Tree, a score for narrator and orchestra. Subsequently, a collaboration between the story’s author, Rose Switzer,  noted artist Quang Ho, and Mr. Switzer resulted in the publication of an illustrated children’s book with an included DVD featuring the narration, music and illustrations (Please visit anselandthegreattree.com to find more information).  Matthew holds a DMA from State University of New York at Stony Brook.  His teachers have included David Soyer and Timothy Eddy.