Matthew John Zatko is an American tenor from Elmore in Northwest Ohio. Matthew holds a bachelor’s of music education from The Ohio State University where he specialized in elementary and general music education. In Columbus, he studied and developed his voice with tenor and pedagogue, Dr. Scott McCoy as well as Dr. Robin Rice. With Opera Columbus, Matthew performed his first staged operas as a chorus member in: La Boheme, Carmen, and Mission Seraglio. He also performed his first role as “The Page” in Opera Project Columbus’ production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Upon graduation from OSU in 2018, Matthew accepted a full scholarship to the renowned Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, NY, to study towards a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature. At Eastman, he studied with Baritone, Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff and also Mezzo-Soprano, Katherine Ciesinski. Matthew also performed the role of Don Giovanni, in Eastman Opera Theater’s production of Mozart’s, Don Giovanni. Matthew was also a featured soloist in several Bach Cantatas as part of Eastman’s pursuit of performing all of J.S. Bach’s cantatas in a series of concerts. Before graduating in 2020, Matthew’s final role at Eastman was as Simone in Eastman Opera Theater’s production of Gianni Schicchi.
Throughout his time in Columbus and Rochester, Matthew not only pursued the respective music degrees but he also maintained a consistent base of students at both universities where he taught, in person and remote, in the subjects of applied voice study and music theory. Matthew has taught students in Columbus, Rochester, NYC, and Pittsburgh, where Matthew currently resides. In Pittsburgh, Matthew has continued to teach privately as well as pursue another degree at Carnegie Mellon University studying with Soprano, Jennifer Aylmer. In May 2022, Matthew will graduate from CMU with a certificate in Advanced Music Studies in Vocal Performance.
Matthew greatly looks forward to working with students at Musicologie. He believes everyone should study music. It is well known now that studying music, in any capacity, helps to improve a students overall performance in school by teaching them: problem solving, self-expression, diligence and much more. Also, teaching students in an individual setting is paramount to their development. So often students in American schools do not receive one on one instruction. Teaching students one on one allows Matthew to cater specifically to each student. Each student begins in a different place, each one has their own interests, personality, and communication style. Matthew loves meting every student wherever the are on their musical and life journey, and tailoring each lesson to the specific needs of every student!