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Matthew Coley

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Matthew Coley


Matthew W. Coley (b. 1979) is an American composer, arranger, educator and percussionist.

Matthew holds percussion performance degrees from Northwestern University (DM and MM) and the University of North Texas (BM). Matthew Coley is also the founder and executive/artistic director of Heartland Marimba.

Matthew served as the percussion faculty in the Iowa State University Department of Music from 2009 to 2015. He left that position in 2015 to fully pursue performance, composition, and entrepreneurial goals. Matthew also taught at Wartburg College from 2018 to 2019, and periodically presents classes for the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy.

Coley has performed as a soloist at five Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, and in numerous universities, institutions, and concert halls across the nation. He has performed and taught in Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland, and has been a soloist and clinician at several state days of percussion. Matthew has also won several prizes from national and international competitions.

Matthew’s work with Heartland Marimba has brought the marimba art form in front of audiences in more than 50 cities with 250 concerts for audiences of all kinds, including thousands of children. He began the organization in 2014, and it now holds around 50 events a season with its five branches: Quartet, Artists, Publications, Festival, and Consortium.

Other administrative and performance positions include operations manager for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony (2016-2018), orchestra manager and percussionist for the Dubuque Symphony (2018-present), quartet member of Clocks in Motion (2016-2020), artist with Chamber Music on the Fox (Elgin, Ill., 2015-present), and timpanist for the La Crosse Symphony (2020-2021).

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