About

Pagoda City Woodworks was established in 2018 as an outlet for my woodworking. In addition to creating fine furniture and other goods, I also devote time in my workshop to restoring and repairing antique wind-up phonographs.

This website is a vehicle for me to show my work, blog about whatever happens to be on my mind, and connect with people like you.

Below you’ll find my biography from my “former” life. Enjoy.

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Matthew K. Brown, a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, began his musical studies on the classical guitar at the age of seven and started playing the tuba at the age of fifteen. At the age of seventeen he became the grand-prize winner of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Concerto Competition, and made his concerto debut with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia later that same year to rave reviews: “Brown was exciting…..a tour de force!” (Allentown Morning Call); “The best performance of the {Vaughn Williams} tuba concerto I recall hearing!” (Bethlehem Globe Times).

While a tuba student at Boston University, he began his professional chamber music career as tubist and founding member of the award-winning Paramount Brass Quintet. Mr. Brown went on to study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University, and he holds degrees from Mansfield University and Michigan State University. His teachers include Sam Pilafian, Phil Sinder, David Fedderly, Robert Shunk, Steve McEuen, and Don Stanley.

A founding member of the Avatar Brass Quintet, he has performed hundreds of concerts throughout the United States, including weekly internationally televised performances from the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Brown is an active arranger, having arranged and transcribed over one hundred pieces for various brass ensembles, many of which are published by his own publishing company – Hawkeye Music Publications. He is a member of ASCAP.

Mr. Brown has held the principal tuba position with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, and has also performed with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Miami City Ballet, Ballet Florida, the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Reading Symphony, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Alea III, and Ensemble 21. Mr. Brown was the principal tubist with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia, PA.

From 1994 through 2000, he served as a member of the Artist Faculty at the prestigious Harid Conservatory of Music (now the Lynn University Conservatory) in Boca Raton, FL, where he taught applied tuba, coached chamber music, and conducted the brass ensemble. He has also served on the faculty at Kutztown University, Franklin and Marshall College, Millersville University, Montclair State University, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Michigan State University, and Florida Atlantic University where he was a Schmidt Distinguished Teaching Fellow.
Currently, Mr. Brown resides in Reading, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children. In addition to performing and conducting, he is well known as an avid collector and dealer of vintage recordings.

Mr. Brown released his first solo recording, “How Beautiful – The Music of Barbara York”, in March, 2011. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, and most other streaming services, OR, if you would like to purchase a CD, please contact me at pagodacitywoodworks@gmail.com, or use the form on this page to send me a message.

If you’re still reading, and would like to HEAR me play, I’m on Youtube HERE. And HERE.

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