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Currently a voice teacher in the Rogue Valley, Don was a student of the great French baritone, Martial Singher. He received his Masters in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California and sang for several seasons with the San Francisco Opera. Don is a member of the Music department of Southern Oregon University and is also the host of JPR's Saturday Morning Opera with Don Matthews.

Don has appeared in numerous Rogue Valley productions including Rogue Music Theatre's South Pacific as 'Emile de Becque' and Kiss Me Kate 'Petrucchio'. He received critical acclaim as one of the best actors of the year in "Sneak Preview" for his performance of 'Chief Bromden' in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest with Actor's Theater in 2000. As a member of Rogue Opera's "Opera in The Schools" program, Don delighted/terrified children throughout the area as the giant 'Lubmegohange' in Dave Marston's opera, The Waters of Love. He is a frequent soloist with many choral groups in the area, including the Rogue Valley Chorale in their performance of Bach's Passion According to St. Matthew and as Elijah in Elijah of Mendelssohn with The Siskiyou Singers. Don appeared as 'El Gallo' in the Oregon Stage Works production of The Fantasticks and as 'The Emperor' in OSW Children's Theatre production of The Nightingale and as 'Max Prince' in Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor with Ashland Community Theater.