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Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 01/09/2005
  • Bachelor of Music (Honours), University of Sydney
  • Associate of the Royal College of Music, Royal College of Music

Research

Research keywords

  • Church music. Composition

Research expertise

My research has involved Australian church music and composition, especially in light of new liturgies over the past 20 years. The bulk of my research has been to develop a more identifiable Australian style of liturgical music, through both use of modern texts and through musical style. The compositions range from works suitable for performance in Cathedral or similar situations, through to some works suitable for parish worship. Eight settings of the Mass have been composed, ranging from simple cantor-style settings through to settings for choir, orchestra, organ, hand-bells and congregation. Similarly, I have written many works set to texts from "A Prayer Book for Australia". Many of these works include parts for congregation, whereby (as in the Mass settings) the choir part may be fairly substantial, whilst the congregation part remains as an integral part of the music, thus allowing the involvment of all present to actively be a part of music through worship.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190406Music Composition100

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Co-ordinator of "Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 3", overseeing students' progress through their academic studies at the Conservatorium. Chamber Choir- includes organising 4 overseas tours since 2000, and recording and manufacture of 5 compact disc recordings.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Academics. Chamber Choir. Organ

Teaching expertise

In academic areas, specialise in teaching of harmony and aural, whilst also teaching music history and orchestration at various stages. Teaching also pipe organ to students of all levels. Also taking Chamber choir, which specialises in modern works, including a substantial amount of Australian works.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Matthias PV, Battle Cry, - (2008) [J1]

Battle Cry consists of performances by a classically trained choir of contemporary & rock pieces. This research seeks to redefine the role and perception of a choir. There is a widespread trend in music for the integration of diverse styles and creation of cross-over styles (e.g. compositions for traditional orchestra which incorporate Rock music styles). This integration has not fully reached the traditional choral music platform as the lines drawn between choral styles are usually distinct. The demarcation between choirs questions whether it is possible to create a choral sound and compositions that can stylistically accommodate Classical and Rock genres and be in line with mainstream musical trends? The vocal sound is informed by embodiment, as can be seen and heard in African choral styles, Kodaly and Eurythmics (Delcroix). Battle Cry borrows physical gestures usually found in popular music and musical theatre. Research has shown that movement combined with singing improves tone quality and expression (Peterson 2000). The arrangements necessitate an understanding of many styles. Purple Haze combines textures associated with Baroque split choirs and traditional blues. The songs Playing to Win, sung in a straight Rock style, and Bicycle with its allusions to the musical theatre genre, necessitate a performance style plausible enough to embrace multiple styles and genres in performance. Battle Cry has had airplay on ABC Classic FM and other national radio networks. 35,000 CDs distributed throughout Australia, with reviews in newspaper sand online. There have been many invitations to perform the recorded works throughout the country.

Publications

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Journal article (1 outputs)

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1998Matthias PV, 'June Nixon plays the organ of St. Pauls Cathedral, Melbourne. Music of Roland Watson', Oecumuse Magazine, December 1998 (1998) [C3]

Conference (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Matthias PV, 'Australian sacred and spiritual music: preservation, cultivation and innovation', Christian Congregational Music: Local & Global Perspectives, Oxford, UK (2013) [E3]
2013Matthias PV, Whaleboat T, 'Sacred Songs from the Torres Strait Islands', Christian Congregational Music: Local & Global Perspectives, Ripon College, Oxford (2013) [E3]

Creative Work (39 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Matthias PV, Singing the Mass, Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle, Sydney (2014)
2013Matthias PV, Concert: St Paul's Cathedral, London, St Paul's Cathedral, London (2013) [J2]
2013Matthias PV, Concert: International Festival of Sacred Music, Rome, St Ignazio, Rome (2013) [J2]
2013Matthias PV, Australian Repertoire - Vatican Mass, St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City (2013) [J2]
2013Scott NB, Matthias PV, Gallus J, Haec Est Dies (arranged for three telematically-linked pipe organs), The Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle, NSW., Newcastle (2013) [J2]

Co-authors: Nathan Scott

2011Choir TUONC, Matthias PV, This Land: Choral Music of Iain Grandage (2011) [J1]
2010Matthias PV, Jasmine and Wattle: The University of Newcastle Chamber Choir in China, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [J2]
2008Matthias PV, Battle Cry, - (2008) [J1]

Battle Cry consists of performances by a classically trained choir of contemporary & rock pieces. This research seeks to redefine the role and perception of a choir. There is a widespread trend in music for the integration of diverse styles and creation of cross-over styles (e.g. compositions for traditional orchestra which incorporate Rock music styles). This integration has not fully reached the traditional choral music platform as the lines drawn between choral styles are usually distinct. The demarcation between choirs questions whether it is possible to create a choral sound and compositions that can stylistically accommodate Classical and Rock genres and be in line with mainstream musical trends? The vocal sound is informed by embodiment, as can be seen and heard in African choral styles, Kodaly and Eurythmics (Delcroix). Battle Cry borrows physical gestures usually found in popular music and musical theatre. Research has shown that movement combined with singing improves tone quality and expression (Peterson 2000). The arrangements necessitate an understanding of many styles. Purple Haze combines textures associated with Baroque split choirs and traditional blues. The songs Playing to Win, sung in a straight Rock style, and Bicycle with its allusions to the musical theatre genre, necessitate a performance style plausible enough to embrace multiple styles and genres in performance. Battle Cry has had airplay on ABC Classic FM and other national radio networks. 35,000 CDs distributed throughout Australia, with reviews in newspaper sand online. There have been many invitations to perform the recorded works throughout the country.

2006Matthias PV, Choir of the Year. The University of Newcastle Chamber Choir (2006) [J1]
2006Matthias PV, The University of Newcastle Chamber Choir in ABC Live Broadcasts of the State and National Finals of the Choir of the Year Competition (2006) [J1]
2005Matthias PV, A Song of the Three, HarperCollins Religious, Pymble, NSW (2005) [J2]
2005Matthias PV, Organ Recital. 18th October Scot?s Church, Melbourne, as part of the International Organ Concert Series, Scot?s Church, Melbourne (2005) [J2]
2002Spiers CJ, Matthias PV, Concert October 3rd Colin Spiers (Piano) Philip Matthias (conductor) Newcastle Chamber Choir, Spiers - Those Freeway Blues, Brisbane Choral festival, Brisbane (2002) [J2]

Co-authors: Colin Spiers

2002Spiers CJ, Matthias PV, Concert October 2nd 2002 Colin Spiers (Piano) Philip Matthias (Conductor) Newcastle Conservatorium Chamber Choir Spiers - Dreamsong, Brisbane Choral Festival, Brisbane (2002) [J2]

Co-authors: Colin Spiers

2002Spiers CJ, Matthias PV, Concert August 20th 2002 Colin Spiers (Piano) Philip Matthias (Conductor) Newcastle Conservatorium Chamber Choir Spiers - Dreamsong, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]

Co-authors: Colin Spiers

2001Matthias PV, Celebration Mass, Self Published, Newcastle (2001) [J2]
2000Matthias PV, Music by Bach, Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral (2000) [J2]
2000Matthias PV, Various Choral Works, University, Ewell, Canterbury, London, Manchester (2000) [J2]
2000Matthias PV, Organ Performance, University, Conservatorium (2000) [J2]
2000Matthias PV, Choral Performances, BBC England, Manchester UK (2000) [J2]
2000Matthias PV, Music by Monteverdi and Bach, Cathedral Festival, Christ Church Cathedral (2000) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Organ Recital Westminster Abbey London, Westminster Abbey London (1999) [J1]
1999Matthias PV, Organ Recital Chelmsford Carhedral UK, Chelmsford Cathedral UK (1999) [J1]
1999Matthias PV, Organ Recital of Austraalian Music, St Paul's Cathedral London (1999) [J1]
1999Matthias PV, Music of Clerambault,Franck,Saint Saens and Vierne, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Hymns included in "Together in Song", Harper Collins, Sydney (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Tavener "Icon of Light", Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Restoration Celebration, University of Newcastle, Newcastle Cathedral (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Organ Recitals (artistic Director), University of Newcastle, Newcastle Cathedral (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Choral Music as Conductor, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Organ Recital, University of Newcastle, University of Sydney Great Hall (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Faure Requiem, Bach Cantata, University of Newcastle, Newcastle Cathedral and University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Music of Grandage, Britten, Barber, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Faure Requiem, University of Newcastle, St James Church-Sydney (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Organ Recital, AUstralian Trumpet Guild, PLC Sydney (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Organ Recital of Australian Music, University of Newcastle, Chester Cathedral (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Organ Recital of Australian Music, University of Newcastle, Ewell Parish Church Surrey (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Organ Recital of Australian Music, University of Newcastle, St Asaph Abbey Church Wales (1999) [J2]
1999Matthias PV, Music by Delerve,Peeters,Rivier,Koehne,Hovhaness, Schmidt, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
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Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Matthias PV, Renewing the Musical Tradition of an Australian Cathedral - Developments in Liturgical Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle, University of Newcastle (2005) [T1]
2005Matthias P, Renewing the musical tradition of an Australian cathedral - developments in liturgical music at Christ Church Cathedral, (2005) [T3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$6,700

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2008 (1 grants)

The Guild of Church Musicians 120th Anniversary Conference, Canterury University, UK, 2/5/2008 - 4/5/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Philip Matthias
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0188607

2002 (1 grants)

CD recording University of Newcastle Chamber Choir$5,000
Funding Body: Australia Council for the Arts

SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020022001
GNo:36460621
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions5
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.4
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.5

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142022PhD (Music)Co-SupervisorProcess and Product - The Phenomenulogy of the Solo Concerts of Keith Jarrett
20142018PhD (Music)Co-SupervisorFuture Gazing: The Concert Musician in the 21st Century
20122014M Philosophy (Music)Principal SupervisorThe Development of the Viola as a Solo Instrument in Britain at the end of the 19th Century and the Beginning of the 20th Century
20112014M Philosophy (Music)Co-SupervisorThe Investigative Cellist and the Informed Audition
20092013PhD (Music)Co-SupervisorSynchronous and Asynchronous Online Learning: Developing New Music Teaching Strategies for Beginner to Advanced Pianists

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Music)Principal SupervisorMusic in Context: An Exploration of Music and Dramaturgy
2014PhD (Music)Co-Supervisor"Out of the Shadows": A Biographical Study of William Turner (c.1651-1740), With Critical Editions of His Anthems and Services
2012PhD (Music)Principal SupervisorAn Investigation of Contrasting Approaches to Worship within Australian Baptist Churches to Explore the Role of Apollonian and Dionysian Concepts of Art Play in Understanding the Differences. A Case Study Approach
2007M Creative Arts (Music) [R]Sole SupervisorContext and Analysis of Organ Performances
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Dr Philip Matthias

Work Phone(02) 492 18928
Fax(02) 492 18958
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaMusic
Office
CON314 ,
The Conservatorium of Music,
The Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle NSW 2300
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/philip-matthias
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