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Matthew Altizer

About: Matthew Altizer


Matthew D. Altizer is the Director of Operations at the Indiana Forest Alliance. His role includes being a staff leader responsible for enhancing the internal organization and infrastructure necessary for the Indiana Forest Alliance’s continued growth.

Matthew’s background includes various leadership roles in the non-profit world and the music industry, including COO for the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, marketing and communications for the Percussive Arts Society, and Director of Operations for a national jazz label. During Matthew’s time at the Vonnegut Library, the organization celebrated a successful Year of Vonnegut; brought in over 300 authors, artists, scholars, and musicians for programming; and helped to stabilize the staff and their daily procedures allowing the staff to focus on programs and the museum.

Matthew studied classical saxophone during his collegiate career at Indiana State University, receiving a Bachelor of Music in performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory. During graduate work at The University of Texas at Austin, Matthew spent 3 years studying Javanese Gamelan under the tutelage of Pak Rasito Purwopangrawit. He is trained as a musicologist and ethnomusicologist focusing on 20th Century American experimental music, early African-American music traditions, and the hobo music of Harry Partch.

His free time is spent with his lovely wife Sara and their son Oliver Henry. Matthew is a cyclist, baseball enthusiast, and an avid reader. He and his family live in the lovely north-side Indianapolis neighborhood of Nora.


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