Matt Dorris earned his bachelors degree in Music Performance from Southern Oregon University studying with David Rogers in Ashland Oregon. While there he got his start in musical theater and has since performed on electric, classical, and bass guitar for shows such as Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Man of La Mancha, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Godspell.
In 2004 Matt moved to Colorado where he studied with Charles Wolzien and earned his master’s degree in guitar performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Matt has taught private and group guitar lessons at the University of Colorado, Dawson Academy, and Southern Oregon University. Before moving back to Oregon in 2016, his time was split between teaching private guitar lessons out of his studio in Longmont, CO and teaching music courses at the Boulder County Campus of Front Range Community College.
Post graduate studies include studying the Suzuki guitar method with David Madsen and guitar lessons with Carey Harwood and Michael DeLalla. In 2010 Matt released his debut CD “19th Century Guitar Music”. Matt lives in Medford Oregon with his wife and two children.
As a performer, Matt Dorris presents programs of contemporary finger style pieces, works from Latin America, and the early 19th century that highlight his expert technique interspersed with great stories about the music and musicians.