People of Festival 2019 Auckland

Adjudicator of Bands: Matt Klohs

Matt Klohs: Conductor, Clinician, Adjudicator

Matt Klohs is an Australian conductor, clinician and adjudicator whose career has spanned almost three decades. He spent 17 years as a professional woodwind musician in the Royal Australian Navy Band before becoming a conductor in 2007. Since then, he has conducted professionally throughout Australia and overseas, and he continues to be in high demand as a freelance MD. He has led performances by ensembles of every standard from world-renowned professional military bands to school ensembles, US college ensembles to beginner bands, and community bands of all levels. Still working for the RAN Band, he currently holds the position of Assistant Director of Music Navy, and has been Music Director of both the Melbourne and Sydney RAN Bands, as well as Senior Instructor at the Defence Force School of Music.

His passion for the life-long journey of learning and teaching sees him maintain a busy schedule as a clinician and mentor working with musicians of all ages and experience levels while he studies a Master of Music Studies degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His informative and positive adjudication style is regularly sought out with appearances at Festivals, Eisteddfodau and Contests throughout Australia. He has adjudicated at Regional, State and National levels in Australia both for Solos and Band divisions from Junior D Grade to Open A Grade.

Matt is also proud to serve community music and musicians as a member of the Bands Association of New South Wales Management Committee and as the NSW Delegate to the National Bands Council of Australia.

Matt is a co-founder and Director of Maestros With A Mission Pty Ltd, a unique Australian company offering Professional Development, Print Music Publishing, Conducting Services, Adjudication and Consultancy to groups and individuals. He is also a published composer with numerous works available for purchase both in Australia and in Europe.

He is looking forward “crossing the ditch” and working with the wonderful musicians in New Zealand in 2019 and beyond.