Don Matthews

Classical Music Director | Host

Don Matthews was born in Detroit and is the son of a motion picture sound man.  He received a B.A. in Music from Eastern Michigan University and Masters in Vocal Performance from USC.  Don performed as a member of the San Francisco Opera chorus for three seasons.  He moved to Boston to study and while there became involved in radio, working at both WBUR and WGBH, where he was a producer for Robert J. Lurtsema.

In 1998, Don moved to Ashland to take a job with Jefferson Public Radio. He’s a member of the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers and has also been a guest soloist with both the Rogue Valley Chorale and Siskiyou Singers. Don is well known to Rogue Valley theater goers having appeared in numerous productions including, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Man of La Mancha and Sweeney Todd.

Mary Jo Heath, who has worked as producer and guest host for the Met over the past nine seasons, will become the fourth full-time radio host in the company’s history this September.

The discovery of a 1922 version of Happy Birthday means that the 1935 copyright is no longer valid.

With a little more than a month before the MET opera season opens, management has set Sunday night as a new deadline for reaching an agreement. The company has been threatening to lock out its workers if they do not agree to concessions.  

The Metropolitan Opera has been locked in simmering labor talks in which management asked 16 unions to accept pay cuts.

The 2014 Oregon Coast Music Festival puts an eclectic touch on classical music

The University of Oregon Alumni Association has selected renowned music educator Mr. Lynn Sjolund as its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus, the highest honor the UO bestows upon alumni.  Sjolund will be recognized at the university’s Commencement exercises on June 16, and at a dinner for Commencement guests on June 15.

Music At The End

Dec 31, 2013

When I was a student at university, I earned extra money by singing in a church choir and at a temple. As part of my duties, I often took part in services to mark the passing of a member of the congregation. Sometimes family members had specific music they wanted to hear; when they didn’t know what to choose, the rabbi or minister would select something he deemed appropriate, like Handel’s “The Trumpet Shall Sound” or Copland’s arrangement of “At the River.” The music was beautiful, but mostly I sang to make a little extra money. I didn’t think too much about the deeper meaning of the piece. I was paid to help people honor a life, but it wasn’t personal.

Best Albums Of 2013

Nov 26, 2013

JPR music hosts take a stab identifying standout recordings of 2013.

Don Matthews | Classical Music Director & Host First Concert

In September, conductor Marin Alsop became the first woman to conduct "Last Night at the Proms" in their 118 year history. She has led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (the 1st woman ever to lead a major American orchestra) since 2007 and is a frequent contributor to NPR's Saturday Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Corrine Cox, not a classical musician, has been inspired by Alsop's struggle against the male-dominated world of classical music.

On Saturday morning at 10, JPR will present the radio broadcast premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Mark Adamo, performed by the San Francisco Opera.