Dr. Matthew C. Haislip is a hornist, teacher, and composer currently residing in Starkville, Mississippi. He joined the faculty of Mississippi State University in 2016. As Assistant Professor of Horn, he teaches applied horn lessons, ear training, chamber music, and online courses in music appreciation. In addition to these duties, he directs the horn choir, performs in the faculty brass and wind quintets, and performs as principal horn of the Starkville/MSU Symphony. He serves the International Horn Society as the Mississippi Area Representative, and he performs as Third Horn of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. He is a horn instructor during the summer months at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan, and he is a founding member of Quintasonic Brass, a professional brass quintet comprised of performers and teachers in the Southeastern United States. Prior to coming to Mississippi, he taught at Washburn University (KS), Calvary University (MO), Hardin-Simmons University (TX), and at McMurry University (TX).
Matthew has held the positions of Co-Principal Horn, Personnel Manager, and hornist in the resident wind quintet of the Midland-Odessa Symphony (TX), Fourth/Utility Horn of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, and Assistant Principal/Utility Horn of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance hornist, he has performed with dozens of professional ensembles, including the Cincinnati Opera (OH), Opera Naples (FL), the Omaha Symphony Orchestra (NE), the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (AL), the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra (MO), the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (IA), the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Topeka Symphony Orchestra (KS), the Lone Star Wind Orchestra (TX), and the Queen City Brass Quintet (OH), among others. He has recorded on the Albany Records, Mark Custom, and Kansas City Jazz Orchestra labels.
Dr. Haislip’s recent recital appearances include performances with Quintasonic Brass at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Morehead State University, Western Illinois University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Tennessee Tech University, Saginaw Valley State University, Oakland University, and Hillsdale College. Recent conference highlights include the 2019 conference of the International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the 2018 Southeast Horn Workshop at the University of Georgia, and the 2017 Music by Women Festival at the Mississippi University for Women. He has appeared as a soloist with the Mississippi State University Wind Ensemble, the MSU Community Band, the Angelo State University Wind Ensemble (TX), and the Wills Point High School Band (TX). He has published articles online and in print through the International Horn Society, and he is a commissioned composer. His duet book, Dueling Fundamentals for Two Horns, is published by Mountain Peak Music, and his etude book, Ten Character Studies for Horn, is published by BrownWood Publishing.
Matthew Haislip holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Horn Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Master of Music degree in Horn Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. His primary horn teachers include Martin Hackleman, Randy Gardner, Michael Morrow, Elizabeth Freimuth, Thomas Sherwood, and Duane Dugger. His personal website is www.matthaislip.com.