School of Music


Matt Bean

Dr. Matt Bean
Office Location: 123 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1422
Title: Professor, Musical Theatre and Voice

Matt teaches vocal technique, singing/acting skills, and Musical Theatre History. Favorite roles include Sweeney from Sweeney Todd and Dr. Craven from The Secret Garden. In October 2012 Matt and his wife Becky performed Song by Song by Sondheim in concert. He is composer and orchestrator of a new commissioned musical for the Cherokee nation in North Carolina, Chief Little Will, which will go into permanent repertory in Summer 2015.

He also arranges choral music, directs the choir at church, stages opera, and teaches workshops extensively. Matt has music-directed and conducted over 20 musicals for WIU since arriving in Fall 2000, after teaching musical theatre and voice at the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and Wichita State University. Dr. Bean was the principal designer of WIU’s Musical Theatre Program which launched successfully in Fall 2003.