Director Matt Deller is the founding director of the Sounds of the Southwest Singers community choir (SSWS) and the Sounds of the Southwest Chorale (SSWC) from Glendale, Arizona. The Sounds of the Southwest Singers, Inc. is a non-profit organization. As a Central Washington University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in communications and music performance, Matt thrives on pursuing his musical path with both the Sounds of the Southwest Singers and the Chorale. He recognizes there is a lot of local talent who need venues to musically express themselves.
Mr. Deller has worked with many universally known musicians and conductors to perfect his craft. He has been a guest conductor for both choral and orchestral groups and mentored others on numerous occasions. In 2010 Matt made his international conducting debut by conducting in the American Cathedral in Berlin, Germany. During the 2012 Arizona Musicfest season, Matt had the privilege of conducting the orchestra in concert the Overture to Carmen. In 2013 he had the honor of conducting on board the USS Missouri, at Pearl Harbor, HI. Matt has conducted the Mark Hayes Requiem, in September, 2014 in Chula Vista, CA and in October, 2015 in Glendale, AZ in joint concerts with Southwestern College on both occasions.
During our 2014 Rome concert tour Matt was given the esteemed opportunity to conduct a selection with the Continuo Arts Festival Chorus during High Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. He also directed the SSWS in a solo performance at the Church of St. Mary Magiore in Assisi, Italy.
While touring England and France during the summer of 2016 Matt had the great pleasure of conducting the Sounds of the Southwest Singers in addition to other choirs combined to create the American Tapestry Chorus. He conducted during both England performances at the All Saints Church in Dulwich and at Southwork Cathedral, in London. One of his most emotional conducting moments was conducting the Battle Hymn of the Republic on July 4th at the American Cemetery at Normandy, France.
As the founding director, in 2010, Matt has directed the Sounds of the Southwest Singers singing year round throughout the metro Phoenix valley, performing various musical styles. He has taken this choir to Germany and Austria, 2010, Disneyland/California Adventures in both 2011 and 2013, Hawaii, 2013, Chula Vista, CA, Rome, Italy, 2014, Carnegie Hall, 2014, 2016 and 2018. In 2016 the SSWS toured England and France and in 2017 the choir participated in the National Memorial Day Choral Festival in Washington DC.
During the summer of 2019 we toured the Pacific Northwest and Alaska and in May, 2022 he will make his directorial debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has conducted his group multiple times at professional sports arenas and other larger venues within Arizona.
The Sounds of the Southwest Chorale made its debut in 2015, under the umbrella of the Sounds of the Southwest Singers, Inc. The Chorale performs the more traditional music styles, their season runs September through May, rehearsing on Thursdays. The SSWC performed jointly in concert with Southwestern College from Chula Vista, CA in October, 2015 and toured England and France with the SSWS in 2016 as well as traveling to Washington DC in 2017 and Carnegie Hall in 2018.
In his spare time he participates in mentoring conducting workshop programs from around the country, most notably, New York City and Oberlin, OH. Outside of conducting, Mr. Deller performed for several years as a percussionist in the North Valley Symphony Orchestra and is currently the Music Director of the First Presbyterian Church of Peoria.
Matt believes music isn't just notes on the page, but one truly experiences music through emotion and feeling from the heart. The Sounds of the Southwest Singers through his direction has brought their own brand of passion to their music. As you watch him conduct you can see and feel the passion he brings to the music. Under his direction what the performer and listener emotionally take from each performance is evident. To reach Maestro Deller email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sounds of the Southwest Singers community choir is an all-volunteer 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and we are open to anyone who loves to sing. Our choir was founded in March, 2010 by founding director Matt Deller. We are self-supporting, relying solely on funding from individuals within the community as well as corporate sponsorships. We are available for concerts in most venues around the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Contact us for information on how we may entertain your group. email@example.com
We have performed on the stages of New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. We have sung our way through Germany and Austria and on two separate occasions at Disneyland and California Adventures. We had the honor of performing at Pearl Harbor and aboard the USS Missouri in Hawaii. Our choir also participated twice in combined concerts with Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA and in October, 2014 we were chosen to be a part of a larger ensemble to sing in Rome, Italy, performing at the Vatican. We performed in February, 2016 at Carnegie Hall and returned from touring England and France in July of the same year. We sang in various Cathedrals and at Normandy, France on July 4th. We participated in the 2017 National Memorial Day Choral Festival in Washington D.C. In April, 2018 we performed once again at Carnegie Hall to mark the 50th Anniversary of the world famous Kings Singers. In the Summer of 2019 we toured the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, under the direction of both Matt Deller and composer/conductor, Joseph Martin. On May 23, 2022, we are scheduled to return to Carnegie Hall where director Matt Deller will make his Carnegie conducting debut directing a mass choir and orchestra.
Locally we have been featured during Glendale Glitters and have performed at the Arizona State Fair. We have sung our National Anthem for the Arizona Diamondbacks, National Anthem/Diamondbacks (video) the Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Rattlers, Phoenix Suns, The Original Harlem Globetrotters and during Spring Training at the Peoria Sports Complex. We participated for the first time in December, 2014 in Glendale's Hometown Christmas Parade as the Grand Finale and have been invited back each year since. We performed on stage with Barry Manilow at the Gila River Arena during his One Last Time tour in April, 2015. Click here to view Copacabana video.
Our choir has had many wonderful opportunities, both locally and internationally. The Sounds of the Southwest Singers enjoy working with notable musicians and conductors while visiting distinguished locations. Our goal is to continue making a difference musically in our community and wherever our talents take us. Click here for our promotional video - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.
We perform a series of themed concerts year-round throughout the Phoenix metro area, in many venues. We sing secular, sacred, classical, patriotic, Broadway, and pop musical genres. Our most popular concert series is our Sounds of Broadway concerts, giving our audiences a toe tapping experience. We are directed by Matt Deller and accompanied by Terry Smith.
Click here for our I Believe/Ave Maria video from our Italy Tour, 2014
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