My name is Matt Carlson and I live in the Shenandoah Valley with my wife, Monica, and our three young children. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, playing disc golf, watching films, exercising, gardening and working on house projects.



• MDiv, Cross-Cultural and Community Mission track, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, April 2016
--Ministry Leadership Award recipient
• Graduate Certificate Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University, December 2015
• Career Certificate Graphic Design, Penn Foster Career School (online), 2010
• BM Theory/Composition, West Chester University, December 2004
• Liberal Arts/Music focus, Eastern Mennonite University, 1993-95 (no degree)


Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia
Restorative Justice in Motion: Building Movement (2016)

Summer Peacebuilding Institute, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia
Changing Society through Media (summer 2015)

Playback Theatre, Conducting Workshop (2015)
Centre for Playback Theatre, New York

Summer Peacebuilding Institute, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia
Playback Theatre, Core Training (summer 2014)

The Walden School, New Hampshire
Teacher Training Institute (2011)


Office for Student Accountability and Restorative Practices, James Madison University, Virginia
Case Administrator (2015)
Facilitated administrative, 1:1 case reviews using restorative and educational approaches with undergraduate students who had violated university policies regarding alcohol. Conducted research for the development of a restorative process to respond to students charged with a DUI/DWI. Mentored a student who had received a sanction through the office’s Civic Learning     mentoring program.

Campus Ministries, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia
Pastoral Intern (2014-2015)
Facilitated planning for Spiritual Life Week with undergraduate student leaders. Planned and participated in Chapel Worship. Connected in various ways with SafeSpace, an organization for the LGBTQIA community at EMU. Helped plan events to celebrate MLK day, including the organization of a local “barbershop talk” to help educate students on the history of racism and its legacy, locally and nationally.

Inside Out Playback Theatre, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia
Conductor, Actor and Musician (2013-current)
Participate as a member of Inside Out Playback troupe to create a space for storytelling as a way for students returning from a cross-cultural experience to debrief. Facilitated storytelling through Playback Theatre as the culmination of a 12-week program for survivors of sexual abuse within faith communities. Employed Playback Theatre during new student orientation to promote the building of community and relational capital.

Music Education
Home Studio, Virginia
Private Instructor, Guitar (2008-current)
Provide guitar and music instruction for beginning and intermediate guitar students.

CrashHouse!, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia
Music Improvisation session leader (summer 2012, 2013)
Led musical theatre students in vocal and instrumental music activities to build on their     improvisation     skills.

Suzuki Camp, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia
Electronic Music Workshop Instructor (summer 2012)
Advocated a definition of music as “(Organized) Sound in Time” as a framework for teaching     elementary and middle school students electronic music. Led students in “field research,”     capturing sounds using TASCAM handheld recorders. Iintroduced students to audio editing using     Audacity, an open source music editing program. Produced a CD featuring student compositions.

Music Department, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia
Course Instructor, Music Theory I (2008)
Filled a role as interim instructor in first year Music Theory for undergraduate students.
Incorporated composition and performance into the learning process.

Music Department, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia
Private Instructor, Music Composition (2005-2007)
Provided private and group composition lessons for undergraduate students, culminating in a final     concert each semester premiering students’ work.

I want to create beauty and offer healing at the intersection of music, the written word, and human experience.

Describe your music

"And there seemed to be grace," for solo voice, unison choir and piano
"Father, Great Spirit," a SATB responsive hymn
"Lord and Lover of Creation," for solo soprano, mixed quartet and piano
"Child," for SATB choir; text by Otto Selles
"God and the Soul," for SATB choir:  three choral pieces with texts by Mechthild of Magdeburg
"Psalm 139," for SATB choir
"Psalm 82," for SATB choir
Three songs for solo baritone and piano (texts by Emily Dickinson):
"I reason"
"I shall know why"
"By a departing light"
"Schuld," for string quartet
"Kalimba," for viola and bass marimba
"We commit to each other," congregational hymn (unison)
"There was no chance to say goodbye," congregational hymn addressing suicide
"Cascading," for piano
"God speaks to each of us," for women's chorus; text from Rainer Maria Rilke
"Jesus, I believe you're near," four-part congregational hymn; text from Charles Wesley