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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.
JPR's classical music for the morning hours, including a mix of favorites from the standard repertoire plus a healthy dose of lesser-known composers and pieces. Each day includes a featured work at 9am (when we give a bit more extensive background on the composer and piece) and our locally produced aural history series As It Was is heard each morning at 9:30.