Matthew Vala is currently Instructional Assistant Professor of Music at Illinois State University and the Education Director of the Hoogland Performing Arts Education at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. He holds degrees from the University of North Texas (DMA, BM), Illinois State University (MM), and the University of Illinois (MPA). Matthew’s voice effortlessly glides between the worlds of classical music and musical theatre and his sincere interpretation of text brings authenticity and emotional sensitivity to each performance.