Eldon Matlick

Oklahoma University
Professor of Horn

Dr. Eldon Matlick is Professor of Horn, Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma School of Music where his duties included coordinating brass chamber music and performing in the Oklahoma Brass and Woodwind Quintets. In addition, he is the former Principal Hornist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.

Matlick is a two time finalist in the Heldenleben International Horn Competition, one of the major world venues in solo horn competition. He is also an extensive recitalist, performing frequently not only at the University, but at other venues when his schedule permits. He has appeared in a soloist capacity at eight International Horn Symposia and is a frequent guest artist at regional workshops sponsored by the International Horn Society.

He has repeatedly been a featured principal wind player and soloist for the Classical Music Seminar held at Eisenstadt, Austria. He has enjoyed solo appearances with various orchestras. He has twice been a featured soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra performing Robert Schumann’s ‘Concertstuke for Four Horns’and Ken Fuch’s ‘Summer Banner’ for Horn and Chamber Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Owensboro Symphony, Paducah Symphony, and Lawton Philharmonic Orchestras.

As a member of the Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet, he has appeared at two MENC National Conventions as well as numerous venues in the Southwest. Their breakthrough recording, A Christmas Delight! is the first recording ever of seasonal music for this type of ensemble and has received favorable reviews. He can also be heard on the Oklahoma Philharmonic Orchestra’s recording A Time of Healing issued on the Warner Bros. label. Matlick has also released a solo CD, Bavarian Horn, which is available on Mark Records. It received a Grammy nomination in 2002 in the category of solo recording without orchestral accompaniment. This disc features premier recordings of 20th Century horn literature by German composers.

Prior to his tenure at the University of Oklahoma, he was the Associate Principal Hornist of the Owensboro Symphony and Evansville Symphony Orchestras.  In addition, he held the Principal Horn position in the Paducah Symphony.  Concurrently, he was Horn Professor at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.   Other orchestras with which he has been associated have been the Lexington (KY) Philharmonic (Principal), and as extra horn with the Nashville Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, and the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. 

A respected pedagogue, Professor Matlick has written a series of articles about brass and horn pedagogy for The Instrumentalist magazine. In addition, he is a frequent guest artist at regional workshops sponsored by the International Horn Society. Committed to public school education, he was on summer faculty at the Indiana Summer Music Clinics from 1981-2002, working with talented high school students from across the country. He also is in demand as a frequent clinician for public school and educator workshops.
At IHS symposia, he has spearheaded the PHAT Horn Big Band, pushing the limits of the horn ensemble with pop and jazz music.
An enthusiast of the Vienna Horn, Dr. Matlick has formed the American Vienna Horn Society, founded for the understanding and performance of the Vienna Horn.  To that end, Dr Matlick has formed friendships and alliances with hornists in Vienna and throughout Austria.

Matlick’s students have had success in the education and performance fields. The horn studio at OU has attracted talented students from Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, West Virginia, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, New York, Colorado, Kansas, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Maryland, Connecticut, California and Taiwan. These students have also been accepted into prestigious music festivals and graduate programs nationwide. In addition, many of his former students are successful teachers at the public school and collegiate levels.  Others have had distinguished careers in orchestral performance.

While at OU, he directed the OU Hornsemble, a studio ensemble consisting of music majors and other interested individuals. This horn choir has had several invitations to perform at Oklahoma Music Educator conventions and International Horn Symposia. In 2018 th group accepted an invitation to travel to Vienna and perform with the Wiener Waldhorn Verein in celebration of their 135th anniversary.  They also performed at the Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt. 

The ensemble has premiered several works by the composition faculty and continues to explore the most demanding and recent literature written for this medium.  Their many videos can be seen on YouTube and on the OU Horn Studio page on Facebook.