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Matthew Switzer

Matthew Switzer

Matthew Switzer joined the Colorado Symphony as assistant principal cello in 1988. Prior to joining the Colorado Symphony, Mr. Switzer served as principal cellist of the Oklahoma Symphony. Currently Music Director and Conductor of the Lakewood Symphony, Mr. Switzer was interim conductor of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and has conducted the Colorado Symphony.

Mr. Switzer is the founding conductor of the Steamboat Springs Symphony where he served as conductor for 6 years. He has appeared as a guest artist with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Colorado Symphony, Oklahoma Symphony, Littleton Symphony, Aurora Philharmonic and the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra.

In 2010, Matthew 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 (visit 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.