School of Music

Dr. Matt Bean
Matt Bean

Office Location: 123 Browne Hall
Office Phone: 309.298.1422
Title: Professor, Musical Theatre and Voice

Dr. Matt Bean is a Professor of Musical Theatre and Voice, and Co-Director of the BFA Program in Musical Theatre at Western. In addition to teaching, Matt conducts shows, stages opera, sings, writes articles, composes, arranges, and presents workshops on singing/acting. A bass-baritone with an extensive range, Dr. Bean is an expert on pop and belt vocal technique as well as classical, and his students are currently performing on Broadway, in national touring companies, at Disney World, and at stock and regional companies across the nation.

Matt has directed the music at WIU for Kiss Me Kate, Lucky Stiff, Fiddler on the Roof, Titanic, Grease, The Taffetas, Forever Plaid, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Jekyll & Hyde, Oklahoma!, and Working. In 2002, he performed the title role in Sweeney Todd as part of the WIU mainstage season. Matt is also a leading scholar on the works of Stephen Sondheim.