Chorus Director

Matt Powell began his career as a barbershopper in 2015. In his first year he sang with the chorus for the spring Dixie District competition where the chorus scored third and earned the most improved chorus award. In the following Fall contest he sang in his first competition quartet, Eye Candy, which placed second in the Novice category. From 2016-2018 he sang baritone in a quartet  named Silver Lining that consistently scored within the top ten in the Dixie District.

In 2016, after Voices' previous director had to step away because of health reasons, Matt was asked to take the helm. Since his appointment he has led the men of Voices of the South to many Dixie District Conventions where they have been cumulatively awarded with two top-three, award-winning performances, one Most Improved Chorus award, as well as a Plateau AA Chorus Championship. 

Before barbershop, Matt made his way from his childhood home of Dallas, Texas to Birmingham to continue his education at Samford University, where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors in Music in Church Music. During his collegiate career he was fortunate enough to have studied in the voice studio of Dr. Randall Richardson. Matt participated in many ensembles including the marching band, opera, hand bells, orchestra, wind ensemble, and the world-renowned Samford A Cappella Choir under the direction of Dr. Timothy Paul Banks. Under Dr. Banks' direction the A Cappella choir had the privilege of singing in many famous venues across the country and around the world. Such venues included the Kennedy Center, Windsor Castle, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and he had the opportunity to sing an evening mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

After college Matt spent two years as a director of Music in a small church in Bessemer. When not singing, Matt works as a sales representative for an online medical education company. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and studying film scores, spending quality time with dog, Masha, traveling, playing board games, and nerding out with his college sweetheart and wife Jennifer!