|Mother Alice Haynes
Dr. Matthew Whitehouse
Director of Music
A native of Columbia, Matthew Whitehouse completed undergraduate studies in organ at The University of South Carolina. In December 2012, he completed his doctoral degree in organ at The University of Arizona in Tucson. During his doctoral studies, Mathew served as organist/choir director at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Tucson, and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Sierra Vista, AZ.
Matthew has a lifelong interest in astronomy, particularly astronomy education. In August 2013, he returned to Columbia to take up the position of Observatory Manager at the South Carolina State Museum, a post associated with the museum's Windows to New Worlds expansion slated to open in June 2014. During his time in Tucson, he served as an instructor for a summer astronomy camp sponsored by The University of Arizona, did volunteer astronomy outreach work in the local schools, and was a staff member for Kitt Peak National Observatory's public stargazing programs.
Matthew's original organ compositions, many of which are inspired by astronomical phenomena, have been performed throughout the US and at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He has given presentations on his work linking astronomy, music, and education at conferences in the United States and United Kingdom. To hear sound files of Matthew's organ works, please visit his website.
Matthew is passionate about Anglican music ministry and is excited to join the St. Alban's community on 1 December 2013!