A native of Southern California, Matthew Brown completed his masters and doctoral studies in music composition at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Morten Lauridsen, Frank Ticheli, Donald Crockett, Frederick Lesemann, Randy Newman, and Tamar Diesendruck. His awards include the 2003 Hans J. Salter Endowed Music Award, the 2007 Jimmy McHugh Composition Prize, the 2007 VocalEssence Welcome Christmas! Carol Contest, the 2010 VocalEssence Essentially Choral Commission, and the 2011 C4 Composition Competition. His works have been performed throughout the United States and internationally, by groups such as VocalEssence, the Antioch Chamber Ensemble, the Young New Yorker’s Chorus, the Cincinnati Boychoir, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Midnight Winds, the USC Chamber Choir, the Los Robles Master Chorale, the De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, the USC Thornton Symphony, and C4. He remains active in Los Angeles as a composer, copyist, arranger, performer, and teacher, and currently sings with many professional choral ensembles, including the L.A. Master Chorale, the L.A. Chamber Singers & Cappella, the De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, and Horizon Music Group.