Music Director | Conductor | Composer | Pianist
Matthew is a New York-based, New Zealand-born music director, composer, and pianist whose music has been heard around the United States, New Zealand, and the world.
Matthew is currently the Resident Music Director for Weathervane Theatre's 2020 Fall Season of Little Shop of Horrors and The World Goes Round, one of the first AEA companies to be approved for indoor performances by Actor's Equity in the United States. Other regional credits include productions of Next to Normal, Man of La Mancha (Tibbits Opera House), The Sound of Music (Northern Stage) Mary Poppins, The Music Man and Little Shop of Horrors (Post Playhouse) and work in Royal Caribbean Production's Miami studios on Hairspray (Symphony of the Seas) and Grease (Harmony and Independence of the Seas). For his work on Next To Normal Matthew was nominated for a BroadwayWorld.com regional theatre award for Best Music Direction. Music direction credits in New Zealand include We Will Rock You, Sister Act, The Last Five Years, Little Women, Ragtime, The Events, and Working. Other credits as associate music director and pianist include Les Misérables, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Evita, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Phantom of the Opera and Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story. Matthew also conducted The Vocal Collective on their 2019 US tour to Carnegie Hall.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Canterbury, and an ATCL diploma in piano performance from Trinity College, London. He has also lectured in music theory, composition, keyboards and musical theatre at the University of Canterbury School of Music and Ara Institute of Canterbury. Matthew is an alumni of the New York University Summer Film Scoring workshop.
As a composer, Matthew’s work has been performed and recorded in London, Prague, Malta, Miami and around New Zealand. He has also conducted choirs around New Zealand and the United States.
“Music Director Matthew Everingham leads a fine orchestra as well as the actor-singers who together bring this fantastic score to great heights.”
“An equal star of this production was the sixteen-piece, on-stage band under the inspiring direction (from the piano) of Matthew Everingham. I was distracted so often by superbly phrased solos and stunningly played full-band segments that I sometimes missed what was happening frontstage.”
“Matthew Everingham has done a perfect job as Musical Director. The band is tight, the accompaniments hit the right spot and the players sound like they love what they’re doing which is exactly what you want.”
©️ Matthew Everingham 2020