Matthew Otto is an innovative leader, educator, and collaborator. Passionate about music’s role in liturgy, Matthew has served as a pastoral musician since the age of 12. He has worked as music director at a number of Toronto churches and, in December 2014, was appointed Director of Music at Christ Church Deer Park.
Committed to music education and choral excellence, Matthew is the Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Toronto Children’s Chorus, where he conducts the Toronto Youth Choir (TYC), Chorealis, Chorale, and Training Choir III. He has directed their Chamber Choir on many international tours, including to Russia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, USA, Spain, New Zealand and Australia. In April 2018, Matthew led the TYC on its first international tour, travelling to New York City to sing with The King’s Singers in Carnegie Hall. In June 2019, the TYC made their debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Matthew is founder/artistic director of Incontra Vocal Ensemble, a choral-arts collective of likeminded conductors, composers, vocal pedagogues, professional-level singers, and emerging artists. He has guest conducted the Elora Singers, the University of Auckland Chamber Choir, and the Toronto Cantata Chorus, and was the Assistant Conductor of Pax Christi Chorale. From 2011-2013, he served as the Associate Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Currently, Matthew is pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Toronto, where his research interests include belonging, collaboration, agency, and the role of vocal pedagogy in choral music education. He is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and performer.