A native of St Stephen, New Brunswick, Stillman Matheson has had an interesting and varied career as an organist, conductor, church musician, and teacher. He was educated at Mount Allison and McGill Universities, as well as at the University of Alberta, which granted him a Doctor of Music degree in 1997. He also completed a Certification Year in Music Education at Dalhousie University following his undergraduate study.
Dr. Matheson has been the recipient of many awards including a New Brunswick Arts Award and a University of Alberta PhD Dissertation Fellowship, and grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
A strong advocate of new music for the organ, Mr. Matheson has commissioned and premiered several new works for the instrument, and his collaboration with the Edmonton Composers’ Concert Society led to the release of a solo organ compact disc, Acclamations: Canadian Organ Music. William Zagorski wrote in Fanfare Magazine that this recording “makes my head swim in the most delightful of ways,” and that he found Dr. Matheson to be a “technically impeccable and enthusiastic player.”
At the present Dr. Matheson is the Director of Music at Port Nelson United Church in Burlington, Ontario and the conductor of the Haldimand Choralairs.