Executive Director Matthew Sheary is a Maryland native and accomplished musician. Mr. Sheary traveled to Miami in 2010 seeking higher education to fulfil his dream and desire of becoming a music educator. His primary instrument being the viola, he is also proficient in both the violin and saxophone.
Over the past six years Mr. Sheary has worked as a student, private instructor, string clinician, arranger, performer, classroom teacher and administrator, demonstrating his versatility within the South Florida arts community. As an educator, he has had the opportunity of teaching under the umbrella of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, in the Discover Magnet Program at E.W.F. Stirrup Elementary in the Fountainbleau area. He has also had the pleasure of teaching in the private school sector at Gulliver Academy in Coral Gables as conductor in the string, band, and instrumental ensembles.
In addition to classroom teaching, Mr. Sheary has been instrumental in developing and revising orchestral curricula across various Miami-Dade County Public Schools, as well as offering workshops at underprivileged schools in the county that lack the necessary resources. As part of his personal mission, Mr. Sheary has also worked with multiple grant and non-profit organizations throughout Miami-Dade, that offer music instruction to underserved communities.
In the South Florida area his experience continues to be diverse. Mr. Sheary has worked as a string instructor to the String Project at Florida International University as well as assisted instruction in both the Young Mozart’s and String Orchestra ensembles of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony! He has also worked with the Miami Summer Music Festival in both management and production, alongside musicians and performers from around the world.
Mr. Sheary currently holds both a Bachelor of Music Education as well as a Master of Science in Music Education from Florida International University. He continues to study the viola under the direction of Michael Klotz.