Maestro 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 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.
Matt has had many opportunities conducting prestigious groups in impressive locations. In 2010, he made his international conducting debut at the American Cathedral in Berlin, Germany. He also had the privilege of conducting the Arizona Musicfest orchestra during their 2012 season. Matt had the honor of conducting on board the USS Missouri, at Pearl Harbor, HI. He conducted 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. Matt also had the pleasure of conducting two performances in England at the All Saints Church in Dulwich and at Southwork Cathedral, in London. Probably his most memorable and emotional moment was conducting the Battle Hymn of the Republic on July 4th at the American Cemetery at Normandy, France. Recently, he was part of the recording production team in Nashville, where members of the Sounds of the Southwest Singers participated in their first ever professional recording of several works of favored composer Joseph Martin. Italy is on the Sounds of the Southwest Singers schedule for September 2024. Matt will be sharing the podium with acclaimed composer/conductor Pepper Choplin.
As the founding director, Matt has directed the Sounds of the Southwest Singers, who sing year-round throughout the metro Phoenix valley, performing various musical styles. He has led this choir in many performances from around the world. The opportunities have been vast and diverse since 2010.
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 has also had many opportunities to perform locally, nationally and internationally.
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 Choir Director at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, AZ
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 had multiple opportunities to perform individually and with other world class musicians 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 performing at Disneyland and California Adventures. We had the honor of performing at Pearl Harbor and on board the USS Missouri in Hawaii. Our choir also participated twice 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 St. Peters Basilica, Vatican City. We performed in February, 2016 at Carnegie Hall and returned from touring England and France in July of that 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. In 2022 we hosted Next Stage Choir from the UK, under the direction of Russell Scott. We performed together locally at the Diamondbacks game and in concert to a packed audience in Sun City, during their visit. The Sounds of the Southwest Singers/Chorale traveled to Nashville and participated in their first ever professional recording, singing the music of Composer Joseph Martin, in October 2023. In September 2024, the choir is scheduled to tour Italy with Composer Pepper Choplin, of which, director Matt will share in the responsibilities.
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 through 2021, in Glendale's Hometown Christmas Parade as the Grand Finale. 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. from 2017.
Click here for our 13th year promotional video.
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 Hyunmi Lee.
Click here for our I Believe/Ave Maria video from our Italy Tour, 2014
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