Matthew Christopher Shepard, Conductor / Artistic Director
Matthew Christopher Shepard, a Kansas City native, is founder, conductor, and artistic director of Te Deum Chamber Choir. Perceiving a desire for a high caliber ensemble to perform sacred choral music, he began Te Deum in 2008. Now in its 5th season, Te Deum’s performances have become highly anticipated events in the cultural and spiritual life of our community.
Mr. Shepard also holds positions as Music Director of the Atchison-Benedictine College Orchestra and as Associate Director of Music at Village Presbyterian Church in Prarie Village, where he leads the youth choir, youth orchestra, brass ensemble, handbells, and assists with the adults choirs and the Village Orchestra.
Beginning his musical studies in flute and voice, Mr. Shepard holds an undergraduate degree from William Jewell College and two Master’s Degrees in music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. In 2009, Mr. Shepard was awarded a fellowship to study at the Conductors Institute at Bard Conservatory with Maestros Harold Farberman and Leon Botstein.