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Dr. Matthew David Luttrell

(940) 397 4511
Associate Professor
Fain Instrumental Music Hall


Dr. Matthew D. Luttrell is Associate Professor of Music at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he serves as Director of Bands and Orchestra. In addition to directing the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Luttrell teaches Advanced Conducting and Secondary Foundations of Music Education for all music majors, and previously instructed in music technology, applied lessons for trombone, euphonium, and tuba, while serving on departmental, college, and university-level committees.

In addition to his duties at Midwestern State University, Dr. Luttrell is conductor and artistic director of the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra, a community outreach organization for aspiring young musicians. As a performer, he serves as 2nd trombonist in the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and is consistently showcased on faculty recitals. His diverse background includes past performances ranging from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, and Mansfield Wind Symphony, to popular groups including the Temptations and Tower of Power.

Dr. Luttrell is an accomplished conductor and director. As a conductor, he has worked with various All-State ensembles for both High School and Junior High-level performers, and his ensembles have been featured at state and national performances and as exhibition groups for state professional conferences. As director, Dr. Luttrell's groups have performed at Bands of America Grand National Championships, as well as games for the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, and Dallas Cowboys of the National Football Association (USA). Current invitations for conducting include the Orquesta Sinfonica de Oriente in Santiago, Cuba as well as the Escuela Superior de Musica in Mexico City, Mexico.

Dr. Luttrell holds degrees from Arizona State University (Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Masters of Music Education), and the University of Colorado at Boulder (Bachelor of Music Education). Dr. Luttrell is a strong advocate for youth involvement in the arts, the performance of new music and cross-discipline projects, as well as programming of underrepresented composers and performers. Current research includes Prosody in classroom instruction, as well as mental health wellness for aspiring musicians. In his spare time, Dr. Luttrell is an avid cyclist. He volunteers for the Hotter n' Hell Hundred and serves as a city ambassador for Bike Wichita Falls, an advocacy group supporting cycling for the Texoma Region.

Institution Degree Graduation Date
Arizona State University Doctor of Musical Arts - Conducting 2010
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Masters of Music Education 2002
The University of Colorado - Boulder Bachelors of Music Education 1998
Employer Position Start Date End Date
Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director 08/01/2021
Wichita Falls Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor 08/01/2018 07/31/2021
Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra Co-Principal Chair - Trombone 10/01/2015
Midwestern State University Director of Bands - Associate Professor of Music 08/01/2013
Adams State University Director of Bands - Assistant Professor of Music 07/01/2012 06/01/2013
University of Texas Arlington Associate Director of Bands - Assistant Professor of Music 07/01/2007 06/01/2012
Arizona State University Doctoral Teaching Assistant 07/01/2005 06/01/2007
Illinois State University Assistant Director of Bands - Assistant Professor of Music 07/01/2002 06/01/2005
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate Teaching Assistant - Drill Writer 07/01/2000 06/01/2002
Durango High School Director of Instrumental Ensembles 07/01/1998 06/01/2000



Upcoming: Elevating your Low Brass Sections on step at a time - Ensemble Practices, Texas Music Educators Conference, February 2022.

A Conductor’s Perspective: Enhancing our communication skills through understanding non-verbal tendencies, Faculty Forum, Midwestern State University, Fall 2020 (COVID-19 - Postponed)

Music Education and Mutually Beneficial Partnerships: Building a model for long-term development, National Association for Professional Development Schools Journal, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Online), Summer 2018.

“Bands at Midwestern State University”, in conjunction with the Kemp Center for the Arts, with area elementary schools, September 2nd, 2016

Vocal Exercises for Use in Wind Ensemble Rehearsals, CASMEC (California), February, 2015

Understanding Non-Verbal Communication Through Emotional Intelligence: A Conductor’s Viewpoint on How We Relate to Others. Faculty   Lecture Series, Adams State University, March, 2013

Emphasizing Quality: Standard Wind Band Selections for Ensembles with Incomplete Instrumentation, Colorado Music Educators Convention, January, 2013

Vocal Exercises for Use in Wind Ensemble Rehearsals, Texas Music Educators Convention, February, 2011

Improving your Band’s Ability to Effectively Listen, University of Montana Concert Band Festival and Clinic, February, 2011

Texas All-State Region Music: Trombone Clinic, University of Texas Arlington, October, 2010

Careers in Music Beyond Education, Lone Star Youth Orchestra Professionals Series, Arlington, TX, October, 2009

Leadership in the College Marching Band Program, College Band Directors National Association, University of Connecticut, May, 2009

Artistry with Motion, University of Texas Arlington Conducting Symposium, February, 2008 


Clinician Adjudicator, Sonoma State University Wind and Orchestra Festival, March 3-6, 2021 (COVID-19 - Postponed)

Conductor in Residence, Orquesta Sinfonica de Oriente, Santiago, Cuba, June 21-July 5, 2020 (COVID-19 - Postponed)

Conductor in Residence, Cultural Exchange, Escuela Superior de Musica Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City, Mexico, March 22-28, 2020 (COVID-19 - Postponed)

Conductor, "Little Shop of Horrors", Midwestern State University Theatre, March 5-8, 2020

Conductor in Residence, Washington and Lee University, April 6-12, 2019

Guest Conductor, Kent State University Honor Band, Ohio, January 15-19, 2019

Conductor, MSU Wind Ensemble Showcase Performance, College Music Society Regional Conference, March 2016

Region 2 4A District Band, January, 2014

Top of the Nation Honor Band, Colorado, February, 2013

San Luis Valley Consolidated Junior High Honor Band, Colorado, January, 2013

California All-State Junior High Symphonic Band, February, 2012

University of Texas Arlington Wind Symphony – Texas Music Educators Conference, February, 2012

University of Texas Arlington Wind Symphony – Winspear Opera House, Dallas, TX, April, 2011

University of Nebraska, Omaha Symphonic Winds, Nebraska, April, 2011

Texas Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble, Texas, April, 2011

Southeast Oklahoma State University Wind Symphony, Oklahoma, February, 2011

University of Montana Wind Symphony, Montana, February, 2011

Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra, Texas, November, 2009

Irving ISD All District Middle School Honor Band, December 1, 2007

Arizona State University Chamber Winds Recording Project, Arizona, April 2007

Arizona State University Wind Symphony, Arizona, March 2007

Vancouver Youth Honor Winds, Arizona, February 2007

Arizona State University Chamber Winds, Arizona, February 2007    

Arizona State University Wind Symphony, Arizona, October 2006           

North Kitsap High School Symphonic Band, Washington, March 2006

Arizona State University Wind Symphony, Arizona, February 2006  

Arizona State University Wind Ensemble, Arizona, October 2005       

Unified Christian School Honor Band, Illinois, March 2005   

College Band Directors National Association Symposium, Boulder, Colorado 2000-2005

Illinois State University Symphonic Winds, Illinois, September 2002   

University of Illinois Summer Symphonic Band, Illinois, June 2002       

University of Illinois Summer Symphonic Band, June 2001    

University of Illinois Wind Symphony, Illinois, March 2001           

University of Illinois Symphonic Band IB, Illinois, October 2000        



Judge, State of Illinois Marching Band Championship, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, October 2019

Adjudicator, Region 7 Pre-UIL Marching Festival, October 2018-2019

Clinician, Rider High School, Wichita Falls, TX, August 2019, 2015-2017

Colorado South Regional Large Group Contest, March, 2013

Pre-UIL Concert Band Contest, Mansfield, TX, April, 2012

Winter Park Music Festivals, Winter Park, CO, April, 2011     

Music Festivals, Dallas, TX (Meyerson Concert Hall) March, 2011     

University of Colorado, Boulder Band Day – Boulder, CO, October, 2008

North Kitsap High School, Poulsbo, Washington, March, 2006