Remembering Phil


Phil Mattson

Phil Mattson was a phenomenal pianist, arranger/composer, conductor and teacher.  He served as Director of Choral Activities at Foothill College (CA) and Gonzaga University (WA); taught at Pacific Lutheran University (WA) and The School For Music Vocations (IA). He completed undergraduate studies in Philosophy/Religion and Music at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN), summa cum laude, and graduate work in Choral Literature and Conducting at The University of Iowa as an NDEA Fellow.

Phil has written many arrangements for vocal jazz ensemble and choir. The Manhattan Transfer, Chanticleer, The Real Group, The Dale Warland Singers, and The Four Freshmen are some of the ensembles which have commisioned his arrangements. He also edited the arrangements of Gene Puerling for publication.

Phil served as Vocal Jazz Director for The Stan Kenton Clinics and as ACDA National Repertoire and Standards Chair for Vocal Jazz. He was nominated for two Grammy awards.