Matthew Nelson, Children's Chorus Conductor
In his ninth season as director of the LCSO Children's Chorus Matt Nelson couldn't be more proud to have been involved in the Chorus' inception and still be leading a growing program that instills appreciate for all styles of music and respect for the performing artists, and molding young musical minds into possible future performers.
Prior to joining the staff at the LCSO, Matt served as Director of Music Ministries and Education at St. John's Lutheran Church and School in La Porte. During his time there he continued the tradition of the historical annual Walther League Chorus Christmas concerts at the Civic Auditorium in La Porte. Matt also integrated the elementary school children from St. John's School in to those concerts and added orchestral accompaniment and chorus members from other churches from the La Porte area.
He has also served as choir director for First Christian Church of La Porte and has played for services for the First Free Will Baptist Church of Rolling Prairie, Bethany Lutheran Church of La Porte, and First Baptist Church of La Porte.
Matt's study and love of music was fostered by his parents at young age by enrolling him in private study of both piano and vocal performance. He carried that on through his education by studying Music Education and Piano Performance at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He pursued further studies at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Indiana through their Church Music and Liturgy program.
Currently, Matt is Director of the Agape Christian Church Choir and serves there as a Worship Leader and Church Deacon. Matt also is lighting designer for the LCSO's concerts held at the Civic Auditorium. Matt resides in La Porte with his wife and three children.