Matthew Clifford Haislip (b. 1985) is a hornist, teacher, and composer currently living in Starkville, Mississippi, where he serves as the full-time Instructor of Horn at Mississippi State University. In this role, he teaches applied horn lessons, music theory, ear training, and history and enjoyment of music, conducts the MSU Horn Choir, performs in the Faculty Brass Quintet and the Faculty Wind Quintet, and serves as Principal Horn of the Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony. He regularly offers free clinics across the state, and he has visited dozens of schools to get to know the wonderful students in the region. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and he plays the Yamaha 668VNS model horn exclusively. He serves the International Horn Society as Mississippi Area Coordinator. He is additionally the hornist and a founding member of Quintasonic Brass, a brass quintet comprised of current and former faculty members of universities in the Southeastern United States. Prior to joining the faculty of Mississippi State University, he served as the horn instructor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and at Calvary University in Kansas City, Missouri. During the summer months, he serves as Instructor of Horn and Co-Principal Horn at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan, where he has enjoyed working with hundreds of junior high school and high school aged campers from across the United States and from as far away as Germany and France for ten summers. His articles have been published online and in print by the International Horn Society.
Haislip holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Horn Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance. He holds the Master of Music degree in Horn Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and the Bachelor of Science degree in Music from Texas A&M University-Commerce. His primary horn teachers include Martin Hackleman, Randy Gardner, Michael Morrow, Duane Dugger, Elizabeth Freimuth, and Thomas Sherwood. Dr. Haislip has performed in masterclasses for faculty members from The Juilliard School, Indiana University, and Boston University, as well as for members of such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, the Center City Brass Quintet, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Prior to moving to Kansas City to pursue doctoral studies, Matthew held the positions of Co-Principal Horn and Personnel Manager of the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale in Midland, Texas for three seasons. In addition to these duties, he was the hornist of the West Texas Winds, the orchestra's resident wind quintet. Within this time, he was also Principal Horn of the Abilene Opera and Instructor of Horn at Hardin-Simmons University and at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He held the position of Assistant Principal/Utility Horn of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra for two seasons, and he served as Principal Horn of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra for the 2014-2015 season. He has performed as a substitute or extra horn with dozens of professional organizations, including the Cincinnati Opera (OH), Opera Naples (FL), the Omaha Symphony (NE), the Missouri Symphony (MO), the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra (MO), the Mississippi Symphony (MS), the South Dakota Symphony, the Dubuque Symphony (IA), the North Mississippi Symphony (MS), the Topeka Symphony (KS), the Lone Star Wind Orchestra (TX), among others.
Dr. Haislip regularly performs and gives clinics at regional and international conferences and at universities across the United States. Recently, Quintasonic Brass completed recital tours to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Morehead State University, Western Illinois University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Tennessee Tech University, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Haislip also appeared at the 2018 Southeast Horn Workshop at the University of Georgia, the 2017 Music by Women Festival at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi, the 2016 International Horn Symposium at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and the 2016 Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop in Wichita, Kansas. He has performed as a soloist with the Mississippi State University Wind Ensemble, the Starkville-MSU Community Band, the Angelo State University Wind Ensemble (TX) and the Wills Point High School Band (TX).
As a composer, Dr. Haislip studied with Dr. Nebojsa Macura and Dr. Theodore Hansen. Haislip's recent compositions include Rhapsody for oboe, horn, and piano, Celebration Fanfare for horn ensemble, composed for the recital in celebration of Professor Randy Gardner's legacy as the horn professor at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Ex Aequo, a commissioned work for horn and trombone, Blue October for nine horns, Brass Quintet No. 1 in D major, and Ten Character Studies for Horn, which is published by BrownWood Publishing. His compositions have been performed at the 2016 International Horn Symposium at Ithaca College (NY), at Mississippi State University, at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI), at the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Hot Summer Nights Music Festival, and at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Matthew's hobbies include playing chess, collecting CDs/LPs, travel, visiting museums, exploring modernist architecture, Mississippi State athletics, Kansas City Royals baseball, playing the drum set, listening to his favorite band, "YES”, and spending time with his family and friends, especially with his lovely wife, Dr. Jessica Haislip, oboist and Instructor of Music on faculty at Mississippi State University.