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Eastern Center for the Performing Arts
Eastern Regional High School
1401 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, NJ
MATTHEW OBERSTEIN TO STEP DOWN AS MUSIC DIRECTOR AT THE END OF THE 2019-20 SEASON
During his eight-year tenure, Matthew has brought the Philharmonic to new heights of performance, raising the level of music-making and bringing world-class soloists to South Jersey. He introduced our annual family-friendly Holiday Pops Concert; led summer concerts in the park; oversaw the Philharmonic’s in-school programs, widening its reach and connecting with new and diverse audiences in our community; and forged partnerships with local elementary, high school, and adult choirs. Matthew welcomes patrons to each concert a little early, leading informal pre-concert talks about that afternoon’s program. Under his leadership, our concert attendance has doubled, and we’ve reached a new level of financial stability; a true feat during a time when even some of the nation’s most well-known arts organizations are struggling.
Highlights from Matthew’s tenure include the co-commission of a new piece for piano, orchestra, and chorus, written to honor veterans and presented in partnership with the Camden County Department of Veterans Affairs; the Philharmonic’s 25th anniversary gala performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana; two performances with Pink Martinis lead singer, Storm Large; and a July 4th performance on the Camden Waterfront opening for Sister Sledge and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.
Dr. Neil Aaronson, President of the Philharmonic’s Board of Directors, said, “Matthew has revolutionized both the image and the sound of this orchestra. Not only has he raised the level of artistry, but he has pushed us to perform at a level far beyond that which most people think a volunteer orchestra is capable. While we hope to find another similarly excellent Music Director, he cannot be replaced.”
Plans are already underway for what Matthew promises will be an unforgettable 2019-20 season. In the meantime, a search committee has been formed to find Matthew’s successor.