Dr. Matthew Sadowski was appointed in 2018 at the University of California, Berkeley to direct the Cal Band and conduct the University Wind Ensemble. As an avid instrumental music conductor, chamber ensemble enthusiast, and interdisciplinary collaborator, Sadowski (or simply “Matt”) earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music. He also holds music degrees from Ithaca College (Ithaca, New York – MM Wind Conducting) and Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan – BM Music Education). His foremost conducting teachers include Cynthia Johnston Turner of the University of Georgia, and Stephen Peterson of the University of Illinois.
Matthew directed high school band programs in Newport and Beaverton, Oregon and Federal Way, Washington from 2008 to 2013. He is proud to have served as a founding member of the Beaverton Friends of Music community advocacy group in 2011, which has successfully reversed cuts made to Beaverton school music programs and continues to strengthen and protect access to music for all Beaverton students K-12. Several of his former students have gone on to attend top music schools, become music educators themselves, and even perform as musicians in the United States Army and Navy. Matthew performed on euphonium with the Southwest Washington Wind Symphony in Camas, Washington for three years, and served a two-year term as Vice President of the Northwest Association for the Performing Arts.
Since 2014, Matthew has taught conducting and music theory to middle and high school students at the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy, and has served as the Program Coordinator for the Wind Division since 2016. While a student at Ithaca, he was honored with an invitation to conduct at the 2015 Frederick Fennell Memorial Conducting Masterclass at the Eastman School of Music, and appeared as a guest conductor with the Auburn Chamber Orchestra in Auburn, New York in the same year.
Outside of music, Matthew enjoys running, cooking, visiting National Parks, amateur iPhone photography, and traveling to visit family and friends. He is a soon-to-be member of the California Music Educators Association, and an established member of the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Kappa Kappa Psi Music Service Fraternity (honorary), and the Blue Key Honor Society.
Music 142 (University Wind Ensemble) is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Director of Bands
43 Cesar Chavez Student Center #4280
Berkeley, CA 94720-4280