Matthew Vaughn has been a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, and has been Co-Principal Trombone since 2014. Previous positions have included Principal Trombone of the San Antonio Symphony and service in the United States Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C. Mr. Vaughn has been offered principal trombone positions with the Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Atlanta Symphony, and has also performed with the National Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Israeli Philharmonic, Gerard Schwarz’s “All-Star Orchestra” and the “Super-World” Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan. He is active as a soloist, having performed much of the standard trombone concerto repertoire with orchestras and bands around the country. He has given frequent solo recitals and masterclasses in the Philadelphia area and worldwide.
Born in Dallas and raised in Richmond, Indiana, Mr. Vaughn earned a Bachelor of Music degree with high distinction and a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University in 1992, continuing with graduate work in education and conducting at Indiana University and George Mason University. He was also honored to be a Chancellor Scholar at Indiana University, singularly representing the School of Music. His varied musical background has included being the winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop solo competition and being a member of the Disneyland All-American College Jazz Band, in addition to performance on stage with many of the world’s most famous conductors and soloists. An accomplished music educator, Mr. Vaughn teaches trombone, coaches brass chamber music, and conducts orchestral repertoire classes at the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University. He was the founder and Artistic Director of Bar Harbor Brass Week, an intense summer festival for high school and college brass players from 2000 through 2016. Mr. Vaughn credits most of his success to his former teachers, including David Brumfield in Richmond, M. Dee Stewart at Indiana University, former trombonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the late Dr. Milton Stevens, former principal trombone of the National Symphony Orchestra.