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Eric Matzat

President

Phone: (417) 234-2524

Email: ematzat@palenmusic.com

Eric Matzat has experience in the music industry as a performer, teacher, and businessman. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors in Music Education degree and Diploma in Music from Missouri State University in 1993. Eric performed as woodwind soloist and music arranger for the Shoji Tabuchi Theater in Branson, MO from 1992-1996. From 1996-2005, he served as Director of Bands for Branson Schools in Branson, Missouri. He completed a Masters in Music from Missouri State University in 2001. In 2006, he was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Department of Music for Missouri State University. He has held the position of President of Palen Music Center since 2005. Eric is currently serving on the Finance and Operations Committee for the Alliance of Independent Music Merchants and is a board member for the National Association of Music Merchants.

Eric is married to Cynthia Matzat, a library media specialist at Cedar Ridge Intermediate in Branson, MO. Their son Corey is married and working as a computer engineer for the Garmin Corporation in Olathe, KS. In his spare time, Eric enjoys hiking and camping. His dog Jasper is a certified therapy dog and they work as a team volunteering at area events and regularly volunteer at the Musgrave Boys and Girls Club in Springfield, MO with the Pets as Listeners program.