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Liz Matta is a native of Foxboro, Massachusetts. She credits her many great musical experiences in Foxboro, including a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and being challenged to think like a band director from an early age by Steve Massey and Ted Hagarty, as the reasons she has such a passion to work with kids, teach music and continue to perform.
Ms. Matta moved to Midcoast Maine in August 2000 where she taught at the Great Salt Bay Community School for six years. In June 2006, Liz made the difficult decision to leave GSB and become the Band Director at Lincoln Academy, the area high school. Under Liz’s direction, the Lincoln Academy Band Program doubled in student participation and in the number of instrumental performing ensembles offered in just her first four years. Liz is currently the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair.
In addition to her school responsibilities, Ms. Matta is the Program Director of “Maine Music Outreach”; a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower Maine high school musicians to make a difference in the lives of others. With MMO, Liz has trained and lead groups of high school student volunteers to work and play at the Holy Trinity Music School’s Summer Music Camp in Cange, Haiti, since July, 2012.
Ms. Matta has worked with bands and jazz bands throughout Maine as a clinician, is a saxophone/double reeds auditions adjudicator for the MMEA All-State Music Festival and has conducted Honor Bands in Maine and Connecticut.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Matta can be heard playing with the Matta-Wing Duo and as a freelance saxophonist.
B.M. Music Education, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
B.M. Saxophone Performance, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
M.A. Band Conducting, American Band College/Sam Houston State University