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Upcoming Events

  • Chamber Music Master Class

    September 26, 2016, 4:30 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Caroline Stinson, cello, guest artist
  • Lecture: Music Theory Colloquium

    September 27, 2016, 12:30 pm
    Studio 226

    Bad Music and Bad Musicians
    Dr. Timothy Cutler
    The greatness of renowned composers and performers is easily taken for granted unless we spend some time at the other end of the talent spectrum.
  • Faculty Recital: Boulez Legacy Series

    September 28, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    THE BOULEZ LEGACY
    Boulez the Friend and Teacher

    Carolyn Warner & Friends XIII

    Carolyn Gadiel Warner, piano
    Daniel Shapiro, piano
    Franklin Cohen, clarinet
    Mari Sato, violin
    Brian Thornton, cello
    Victor Beyens, violin, student artist
    James Umble, alto/soprano saxophone, guest artist

Alan DeMattia’s future was predicted at birth by his great-grandfather, Enea Trovarelli, who observed that the baby had the lips and jaw structure of a French horn player.  His prediction came true when, in the tenth grade at Cuyahoga Falls High School, DeMattia was encouraged by band director Royal Reynolds to switch from the cornet to the horn. 

DeMattia subsequently earned a Bachelor of Music Education as a horn major at Kent State University and a Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  His major teachers were Roland Gamble, Samuel Gindin, and Richard Solis.  He was Instructor of Horn at Cleveland State University from 1991 to 2003, having also served at Kent State University and at the Oberlin Conservatory.  He currently teaches at Case Western Reserve University and serves as a teacher/coach with Kent-Blossom Music.

DeMattia began his orchestral performing career in 1980 as Principal Horn of the Canton Symphony.  He was in the Ohio Chamber Orchestra as Principal Horn from 1981 to 1984, and has been Utility Horn in The Cleveland Orchestra since then.  He has also been an avid chamber music performer, with membership in the New Cleveland Chamber Players (1981-1985), Cleveland Lyric Brass (1982-1990) and the Cleveland Octet (1991-1999).  He has been an instructor at various music camps internationally, and was a clinician at the 34th International Horn Symposium of the International Horn Society, held in August 2002 in Lahti, Finland.  Along with the entire Cleveland Orchestra horn section, DeMattia appeared in concert and master class at the 40th International Horn Symposium (July, 2008) in Denver, Colorado.

With DeMattia family members Edmond (uncle), Richard (brother) and Suellen (wife), DeMattia has recently been involved in concerts presented for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity and other organizations.  Go to www.benefit-concert.org to investigate recent or upcoming activity.

DeMattia lives in Novelty, Ohio, with his wife Suellen and their three children.  


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