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Matson A. Topper, director for string studies

Matson A. Topper

Dallas native, Matson A. Topper, returned home in the summer of 2009 to serve as Chair and Professor of the Brookhaven College Department of Music. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Topper held the position of Instructor of Music at Valdosta State University and taught violin, viola, world music and conducted the VSU chamber ensemble and performed with the Faculty String Quartet. He has earned a Bachelor of Music Degree with distinction from Indiana University and Doctor of Music degree at Florida State University. Dr. Topper was on the faculty of Rollins College teaching strings and performing with the Carlo String Quartet as first violinist and as Concertmaster/Assistant conductor with the Rollins Chapel Orchestra. He also served on the faculties of Southeastern College and Florida Southern College.

Matson Topper has enjoyed a varied performing career as a violinist. He has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, New York and was a full-time first violinist with the Florida Symphony Orchestra in Orlando for Fourteen Years. Dr. Topper has been a member of the first violin section of the Fort Wayne Symphony and the Tulsa Philharmonic and has performed as a first violinist with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Concertmaster and has toured with artists Ray Charles, The Moody Blues, the Bee Gees, Henry Mancini and the Gilbert & Sullivan National Company among others. During his tenure at Valdosta State University, Dr. Topper performed as Concertmaster of both the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra and the Central Florida Symphony Orchestra in Ocala, Florida. He has soloed with the Tampa Bay Chamber Orchestra, the Chipola Symphony Orchestra and the Central Florida Symphony. Matson Topper performs on a violin by Giacinto Santagiuliana, Vicenza 1829, pictured in Loan Exhibition of Stringed instruments and Bows, New York, 1966, commemorating the seventieth birthday of Simone Sacconi.

Primary Fields
Applied Violin and Viola
String Ensemble
Music Theory
Foundations of Music
Music Appreciation/World Music
Contact Info
Building D, Room D110