Originally from Lambertville Michigan, Matthew Halbert is the Bass Trombonist of the Des Moines Symphony. His other affiliations include the Syracuse Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Quad Cities Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, Toledo Symphony, Detroit Chamber Winds, the Durward Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Tri-Cities Opera.
Matthew currently holds positions as Teaching Artist of Low Brass at Drake University and Instructor of Trombone at Central College. He has taught at several other institutions including the Eastman Summer Trombone Institute, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and is a faculty member of the Tomball Trombone Institute in Houston, TX.
Matthew holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, and Central Michigan University. His teachers include David Jackson, David Gier, Mark Kellogg, Jonathan Allen, and Robert Lindahl.
Member of the Orchestra since
Most memorable experience with the Orchestra
Playing Tannhäuser for the first time with the amazing brass section.
How I got started playing my instrument
My older sister played trombone when I was little, and I’ve always looked up to her. I guess it also helped that I was tall and I could reach those outer slide positions from a young age!
I would say of all of the composer's music that I have enjoyed playing the most, Mahler would be up there at the top. There are so many great pieces though, so it’s hard to narrow it by composer.
Favorite solo piece
Most of the time Bass Trombonists just steal music from Tuba players. So whatever Bo happens to be playing!
Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod
Folk music mostly, but whatever my wife chooses usually wins out.