FPC Christmas Concert 1

December 18, 2021 | 7:30 pm CST

First Presbyterian Church | Davenport, IA

FPC Christmas Concert 1

December 19, 2021 | 4:00 pm CST

First Presbyterian Church | Davenport, IA

FPC Spring Choir/Orchestra Concert

May 21, 2022 | 7:30 pm CST

First Presbyterian Church | Davenport, IA


Conductor and harpsichordist Matthew Bishop is the Director of Music at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Davenport, Iowa, where he oversees one of the most renowned church music programs in the Midwest. At First Pres, Matthew conducts the 85-voice Sanctuary Choir, a renowned ensemble that in 2018 completed a successful international performance tour of Germany, and is scheduled to tour Ireland in 2021. Matthew previously was the founding music director and conductor of Summer Sinfonietta—an orchestra presenting free summer concerts to the Tallahassee community. Studying with Alexander Jiménez, Matthew completed his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at Florida State University. While at FSU, Matthew served as assistant conductor of the FSU Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia, and was music director of the university’s Campus Orchestra.

Originally from Centre, Alabama, Matthew received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Furman University (Greenville, SC), studying with Derek Parsons and David Gross. He received his first Master of Music degree in historical musicology from Florida State University with a thesis on the early orchestral music of Howard Hanson. He frequently collaborates as a chamber musician and as an accompanist, playing for singers, instrumentalists, and for stage productions. He is also active as an early music keyboardist and specialist, often offering harpsichord recitals featuring early music as well as music from the 20th and 21st centuries. In October 2017 as part of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Matthew conducted a special joint concert with the Metropolis Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Chicago and the FPC Chamber Chorale.


Matthew’s additional conducting teachers have included André Thomas, Douglas Fisher, Leslie Hicken, and Hugh Floyd; he has also participated in masterclasses and seminars with Edvard Tchivzhel, Edmondus Savenier, Alexander Polyanichko, Massimiliano Caldi, Donato Renzetti, Dion Tchobanov, and Will Kesling. Matthew has studied harpsichord continuo playing with Karyl Louwenaar, Peter Watchorn, and Shalev Ad-El.

Matthew is in frequent demand for his versatility on the podium, and has worked with various new music, early music, theatre, and community orchestras. Matthew is also an accomplished choral conductor, having served as music director for choirs in South Carolina and Florida, often conducting performances of major choral-orchestral works.


Albert Roussel | Padmâvatî Suite No. 1
Florida State University Symphony Orchestra

Hector Berlioz | Le Roi Lear Overture
Florida State University Symphony Orchestra

Johannes Brahms | Hungarian Dance No. 1
Summer Sinfonietta (Tallahassee, Florida)

Jean Sibelius | Symphony No. 3 in C, iii, Op. 52 Summer Sinfonietta (Tallahassee, Florida)

Jamie Whitmarsh | For Many Chairs
Florida State University Symphony Orchestra

Robert Schumann | Overture to Genoveva Florida State University Symphony Orchestra



Tallahassee Democrat

Conductor of Summer Sinfonietta Prepares for Season Finale

WTXL Tallahassee Sunrise

Season Finale for Summer Sinfonietta


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Photo Credit: André Peele Photography

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