Dr. David Mathie is a Professor Emeritus at Boise State University, where his major teaching areas were trombone, euphonium, and instrumental music education. He also served as the Associate Chair of the Department of Music for seven years. Before joining the faculty at Boise State he was an Assistant Professor of Music at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, taught in the public schools of Connecticut and New York, and was a member of the trombone faculty at the National Music Camp, Interlochen. Now retired in Potsdam, NY, he serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Crane School of Music.
Dr. Mathie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from the Juilliard School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance and Music Education from the University of Georgia. His doctoral dissertation was on the twentieth-century use of the alto trombone.
As a performer, Dr. Mathie was the principal trombonist in the Juilliard Symphony, and played with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra for three years as an extra on trombone and euphonium. He was also the principal trombonist in the Stamford Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and Connecticut Symphony, assistant principal trombonist with the Hartford Symphony, and for twenty-one years was the second trombonist in the Boise Philharmonic and trombonist with the Boise State University Faculty Brass Quintet. As a free-lance player in New York City and other areas, he worked with such performers as Tony Bennett, Rich Little, Beverly Sills, Luciano Pavarotti, Red Skelton, Frankie Valle, Carol Channing, the New York Voices, Mannheim Steamroller, and the Temptations. His trombone studies have been with Per Brevig (Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School), Glenn Dodson (Philadelphia Orchestra), and Philip Jameson (the University of Georgia).
While at Boise State University he founded the BSU Trombone Choir, which was chosen to perform at the MENC All-Northwest conferences in 2003 and 2011; he also had a total of seven of his low brass students win the prestigious Concerto/Aria competition and perform with the BSU Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Mathie's students have gone on to earn advanced degrees at universities throughout the country, including the Eastman School, the Manhattan School, the University of North Texas and Northwestern University.
Dr. Mathie has published numerous articles in the International Trombone Association Journal, the International Horn Society Journal, the Kansas Music Review, the Idaho Music Notes, and the Instrumentalist, has presented research papers and performed at many International Trombone Association conferences, and served on the Research Committee of the International Trombone Association and review board for the On-Line Trombone Journal. His works have been played world-wide by brass players from the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, Israel and Vienna symphonies, He is a member of ASCAP as a brass arranger.