Martha Matthews

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Kalamazoo Ringers — Artistic Director

MM (University of Idaho), BMusEd (Houghton College)

Martha Matthews holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Houghton College and a Master of Flute Performance from the University of Idaho.

Martha taught Woodwind Methods at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, taught Music History, Basic Experiences in Music and flute at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA, directed the concert bands at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, PA and the orchestra at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. She taught general and instrumental music at Westminster Academy of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL and in the South Colonie School District in Albany, NY.

Martha played principal flute with the Washington Idaho Symphony, the Gold Coast Opera, the Florida Symphonic Pops, the Florida Wind Symphony and the New York State Band Director’s Association Intercollegiate Band. Winning a Northwest collegiate orchestral competition, she soloed with the Spokane Symphony. She studied with Gary Schocker, David Cramer, Kimberly Reighley, Christine Nield, John Oberbrunner, Richard Hahn and Joanna Bassett, and has performed in masterclass with Bonita Boyd and James Galway.

Drum Carol in Csehy 2016

A 34-year veteran of handbells, Martha is the current conductor of the longest consistently running community handbell ensemble in the country, Kalamazoo Ringers.  She founded and conducted Philadelphia Bronze, an advanced auditioned community handbell ensemble with the motto “elegant energy.”  She served for 13 years as handbell director at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA and for 7 years Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Martha worked as Director of Sales at Malmark Bellcraftsmen, Inc. and has held board positions in Areas II and IV of Handbell Musicians of America.  Martha travels the country as handbell clinician and especially enjoys mentoring new directors.