Saint Ignatius Welcomes new Music, Band, and Choir teacher
Matt Holt is a passionate music educator with an eclectic background, who is excited to be joining the St. Ignatius family.
Hailing from Chicago, Matt started piano lessons at a young age, but it was in high school, where he played french horn and bass in the school’s bands and orchestras, that his passion for music truly flowered. Brought to Cincinnati by a scholarship at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, Matt originally focused on performance, and received his bachelor of music in 2007. He then spent ten years as a professional bassist around Cincinnati, playing in local orchestras, jazz clubs, and rock bands.
However, two chance interim opportunities, first as a band director at Loveland High School, then as an orchestra director for Hamilton City Schools, ignited a passion for education. Matt subsequently moved his focus to education, and completed coursework at The Ohio State University to receive his Ohio teaching license. His teaching resumé also includes directing ensembles for the CCM Preparatory Department, teaching music lessons and class piano at Cincinnati Music Academy, and working as an instructor and showrunner for School of Rock Cincinnati.
When he is not playing or teaching music, Matt enjoys doing DIY construction projects on his house in the Kennedy Heights neighborhood of Cincinnati, spending time with his wife Abigail and son Felix, and walking the family dogs.