Matthew Oltman is Music Director Emeritus of the Grammy award-winning male vocal ensemble Chanticleer. During his tenure as Music Director, Mr. Oltman led the ensemble through three critically-acclaimed seasons that included over 300 concerts in more than a dozen countries. He helped launch the Chanticleer Live in Concert (CLIC) recording label, which released to the public some of the best of Chanticleer’s vast trove of archival recordings, and was editor of the Chanticleer Choral Series published by Hinshaw Music. He conducted more than 450 high school choral and orchestral students from across the country in Chanticleer’s first National Youth Choral Festival, The Singing Life, on the stage of Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and led numerous daylong Youth Choral Festivals in communities in several states.
Mr. Oltman facilitated the commissioning of composers such as Stephen Paulus, Mason Bates, Steven Sametz, Jan Sandström, Peter Michaelides, Roxanna Panufnik, and Ilyas Iliya as well as Vince Peterson, who arranged the choral/indie pop sensation, Cells Planets. He was a featured clinician at the first Anúna International Choral Summer School (Ireland) and has led countless clinics and master classes with choirs from around the globe.
Mr. Oltman first joined Chanticleer in 1999 as a tenor and in 2004 was named Assistant Music Director under Joseph Jennings, a post he held until his appointment to Music Director in 2009. During his decade singing with the ensemble, he appeared on 12 albums and toured extensively in North America, Europe, and Asia. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Mr. Oltman served as Guest Director of Choral Activities at UC Berkeley, where he conducted the University Choir and the University Chamber Singers.
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Mr. Oltman earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Simpson College. With the aid of a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship, he earned a Master of Music degree from the University of York in England. Before joining Chanticleer, Mr. Oltman sang with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale for four seasons and was on the faculty of Simpson College, where he taught harmony, French diction, choral techniques, and voice.
Mr. Oltman currently works in program development for Distinguished Concerts International New York and continues to serve as guest conductor, clinician, and vocalist for ensembles across the country.