Matt Yount has been a member of the Southeast Missouri State University music faculty since 2003. He serves as the department’s collaborative pianist, coaching chamber music, teaching studio piano, coordinating recitals and appearing in recital with colleagues and students. Yount also performs with guest artists who come to Southeast for appearances in concerts, recitals or master classes. A relentless performer, he has appeared at Southeast and other colleges, universities and junior colleges across the region as a concerto soloist, piano recitalist, chamber collaborator, opera accompanist and as a member of the Southeast faculty jazz quintet. He was recognized for his excellent teaching of service courses with the Success in Scholarship, Sports and Service Award in November 2006. He is also a past winner of the Southeast College of Liberal Arts faculty award for Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activity in recognition of publishing projects he has undertaken of works by Gabriel Faure and Nicolas Flagello. In addition to his primary role as piano faculty, Yount has since 1996 has taught private piano lessons through the Southeast Music Academy.
A Southeast alumnus, Yount holds three degrees including diplomas in both music and mathematics. As an undergraduate, he studied piano with professors emeritus John Shelton and Jim Sifferman, and he was recognized with awards in local and statewide collegiate piano competitions. More recently, Yount has also studied piano independently as a student of Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Reiko Neriki at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and has appeared in recital there in March 2009.