Matt Flanders is a Houston-born percussionist with a strong affinity for both orchestral and chamber music. He graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in 2014 with numerous musical achievements, receiving such accolades as the John Philip Sousa award, Texas Music Scholar, and National YoungArts winner. Flanders has attended the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he won the Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition in 2015. He has also spent three summers at the Chautauqua Institution playing with the Festival Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Michael Burritt and Matthew Duvall. Additionally, Flanders is the drummer for the Alex Botrie trio in Houston, Texas, and spends time during his summers recording with the group.
Flanders is an alumni of the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he studied with Matthew Strauss and Svet Stoyanov, and is currently earning his Master’s Degree at Temple University under the instruction of Alan Abel and Chris Deviney of the Philadelphia Orchestra.