#IMAMUSTANG: Matthew Neylon, Director of Visual and Performing Arts

Sep 2, 2015 | All School, IMAMUSTANG

206913_1391617947673_8232249_nNew to the southeast and to Mount Vernon this year, Matthew Neylon – Director of Visual and Performing Arts, brings music, voice, talent and electric energy to our school. Exemplifying the extraordinary, Matthew recently auditioned for and secured the position of Tenor 1 in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
300 people audition for approximately 200 spaces in the ASO Chorus every year. At the start of each season, roughly 175 voices return from the previous season, leaving room for just 25 new members. Part of the integrity of the group is the fact that the entire chorus must re-audition every year.
Audition requirements are as follows:
• One Classical Solo (oratorio aria or art-song preferred)
• Scales (major, minor, chromatic and whole-tone)
• Pitch Memory Drills
• Intervals
• Sight-Reading
• Short Written Theory Test
The Grammy-winning 200-voice ASO Chorus performs large-scaled symphonic/choral works under the direction of Music Director, Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor, Donald Runnicles. CLICK HERE to view the choral concerts for the 2015-2016 season.
In addition to performing on the big stage, Matthew is the choral instructor for students in grades 5-12. With his contagious energy, ability to connect with curious students along with his God-given gift for singing, Matthew is a blessing to Mount Vernon – as evidenced in this video. 
#IMAMUSTANG – Congratulations for broadening our Mount Vernon voice, Matthew Neylon!
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