Matthew Vaughn has been a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, and has been co-principal trombone since 2014. Previous positions have included principal trombone of the San Antonio Symphony and service in the United States Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, Israeli Philharmonic, and the “Super-World” Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan, and is in demand as a soloist and clinician.
Born in Dallas and raised in Richmond (Ind.), Mr. Vaughn earned a Bachelor of Music degree with high distinction and a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University in 1992, continuing with graduate work in education and conducting at Indiana University and George Mason University. He was also honored to be a Chancellor Scholar at Indiana University. His varied musical background has included being the winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop solo competition and membership in the Disneyland All-American College Jazz Band, in addition to performance on stage with many of the world’s most famous conductors and soloists.
An accomplished music educator, Mr. Vaughn is the founder and Artistic Director of Bar Harbor Brass Week, an intense summer festival for high school and college brass players. He credits most of his success to his former teachers, including David Brumfield in Richmond, M. Dee Stewart at Indiana University, former trombonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the late Dr. Milton Stevens, former principal trombone of the National Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his work at Curtis, he teaches trombone and coaches brass chamber music at Temple University. Mr. Vaughn leads a master class at the Young Artist Summer Program as part of Curtis Summerfest 2016.
Mr. Vaughan joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012.