Matt BrittainMattB2
Organist/Director of Music
336-227-6263 x206

How long have you served at Front Street UMC?
I began at Front Street United Methodist Church in July 2016.
What’s your favorite thing about working here?
Front Street has the best staff that I have ever worked with in any job that I have ever had. Everyone is a team player! I also get to play a wonderful 2002 Harrison and Harrison organ.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you here?
My very first Sunday I met a long-lost Mt. Airy, NC (Surry County) cousin, who happens to be a long-standing member at Front Street. I had no idea we were even related, and it completely caught me off guard.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in Morganton, North Carolina (Burke County). It is located in the foothills of western North Carolina.
Where did you go to school?
  • Appalachian State University, Boone, NC – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting
  • Emory University, Atlanta, GA – Master of Sacred Music
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH – Doctor of Musical Arts
How many children do you have?
None, but I do have a niece (7 years old) and nephew (2 years old) whom I adore.
Any pets?
No pets.
What is most important about your work at FSUMC? What drives you? What is your passion?
Music has the ability to facilitate an encounter with the divine, the holy, and the living God. I am driven by the weekly challenge of making this possible for the people who attend and visit Front Street. I have a passion for finding music that helps to highlight the mystical side of God.
What are your favorite books, movies, or songs?
Right now I am reading Marva Dawn’s “A Royal ‘Waste’ of Time.” I love anything that she writes. I also enjoy reading about the history of a particular piece of music, biographies about musicians and composers, and anything to do with the role of music in Christian worship (past, present, and future). I don’t watch a lot of movies, but I love to listen to pop music from the 1960s and 70s!
How do you like to spend your free time?
I enjoy walking and running, spending time at the park, relaxing at home, and visiting my family and friends on the weekends.
What’s your favorite food?
I love soups and salads. My favorite soup is the chicken and wild rice soup at the HoneyBaked Ham store, and my favorite salad is the Key West chicken salad at the Village Grill.
Where do you like to vacation?
My favorite place to vacation is Charleston, SC. I love the combination of an old, historic city being near a great beach. There is something for everyone. I have never been to Europe, but I would love to go there someday, too.
Last Published: January 19, 2018 10:00 AM
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