Matthew Richmond


Contact Information

  • 251-6447
  • 117A Lipinsky Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Friday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Note: Email to make an appointment for other times.



Matthew Richmond is a percussionist, composer, recording artist, and educator who can’t stick to one genre. He appears most frequently with Like Mind Trio and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and has extensive experience in classical music, rock, funk, jazz, Latin music, and marching percussion. He contributed vibraphone and percussion to Infinity Plus One by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, which won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album. He has also performed and/or recorded with Jonathan Scales, Steve Reich, Gordon Stout, Lizz Wright, Jeff Sipe, Billy Jonas, Kevin Spears, Kat Williams, and many others.

Matthew loves musical theater, and has played more than 70 local and regional productions from Amélie to Zombie Prom. He served as music director of TheaterUNCA’s productions of Into the Woods and Marat/Sade, and for the latter he composed an original score. He has also composed and directed music for dance and drama performances by Asheville Ballet, Norte Marr, Black Swan Theatre, and The Road Company, and created the score for the feature film Flight of the Cardinal (Gaston Pictures).


  • B.A. East Tennessee State University
  • M.M Ithaca College

Courses Taught

  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Jazz and Contemporary Ensembles
  • Introductory Aural Skills
  • Aural Skills I
  • Introductory Music Theory
  • Music Theory I
  • Studio Musicianship I
  • Studio Musicianship II
  • Applied Percussion
  • Applied Composition
  • Music Appreciation

Ensembles Directed

  • Chick Corea Ensemble
  • Paul Simon Ensemble
  • John Scofield Ensemble
  • Cal Tjader Ensemble
  • Stax Ensemble
  • Booker T and the MGs Ensemble
  • Latin Jazz Ensemble
  • Remix Ensemble