Matthew Crozier joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trombonist in September, 2012. While studying at Indiana University, Matt received the IU Performer Certificate, an honour reserved for less than the top 1% of students. As an undergraduate, Matt won the IU Concerto Competition and was a member of the IU Trombone Quartet, which won the 2012 National Trombone Quartet Competition at the Eastern Trombone Workshop. Matt has held principal trombone positions in Indiana University’s top ensembles, including the Philharmonic and Wind Ensemble, and principal trombone in the Bloomington-based Camerata Orchestra. In 2011, Matt was accepted as a Fellow in the Alessi Seminar, a biennial workshop under the direction of Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic. Matt has been the trombonist at the Westchester Broadway Theater, playing for such musicals as Peter Pan, Seussical!, and The Music Man. From 2009 to 2012, Matt was a freelance trombonist in Bloomington, Indiana and the greater Indianapolis region.
Growing up in a musical family, Matt had his first trombone lesson with his grandfather and went on to study with his father, a trumpet student of Mel Broiles, Edward Treutel, and Philip Smith. Matt continued his study with Moe Snyder, a student of Ernest Clarke (brother of famed cornetist Herbert L. Clarke). At Indiana University, he was in the studio of M. Dee Stewart, and has since studied with a number of highly regarded trombonists and brass pedagogues including Peter Ellefson, Carl Lenthe, Joseph Alessi, and Dale Clevenger.