In Memory of

Matthew

D.

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Matt

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Bishop

Obituary for Matthew D. " Matt " Bishop

Matthew David "Matt" Bishop, cherished son of David and Christine Bishop, brother to Nicole (Daniel) Taylor, uncle to Lucy Marie Taylor, passed away suddenly on February 24, 2024, at the age of 34. He is survived by his aunts and uncles Larry (Cindy) Gatza, Kathy Houchins, Dan (Mary) Gatza, Laurie Gatza, Debbi (Joe) Abney and many loving cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Kenneth and Irene Bishop and Helen Gatza and his uncles Mike (Joan) Gatza, Brian (Nancy) Gatza and Mark Bishop.

Born on September 29, 1989, in Sycamore, Illinois, Matt's passion for music blossomed early in life when he was just a little boy. He pursued his love for music at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, where he earned a degree in Music Education. During his time at VanderCook, Matt immersed himself in the study of music, performance, composition/arranging, and conducting, laying the foundation for a remarkable career dedicated to sharing his passion for music with others.

Matt's impact as an educator extended far and wide, particularly at Dundee Middle School in West Dundee, IL, where he served as a teacher and mentor to countless students. His role at DMS was multifaceted, encompassing instruction in choir, band, orchestra, and a music class for students with special needs. Matt's commitment and love of music was evident in the achievements of his ensembles, which consistently received top ratings at regional and state contests and festivals.

Beyond the classroom, Matt's dedication to music education and community engagement knew no bounds. In August 2018, he was appointed as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Elgin Master Chorale Children’s Chorus, later rebranded as the Elgin Youth Choir under his visionary leadership. Matt's strategic vision for the organization transformed it into a vibrant community asset, offering choral education and performance opportunities to students in grades 2-12. His collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin to establish the annual concert series "Get the Whole World Singing" exemplified his commitment to inclusivity and access to music education for all.

Matt's contributions to the local theater community were equally significant. He served as Music Director for several theater organizations, including Children’s Theater of Elgin, Fox Valley Theater Company, Marquee Main Stage Theater, Schaumburg on Stage and Point 2 Productions. His appointment as Artistic Director for Children’s Theater of Elgin and Fox Valley Theater Company underscored his leadership and artistic vision within the theatrical community.

As an advocate for live music and community service, Matt founded the Bishop Super Band, a dynamic rhythm and blues ensemble comprised of students, colleagues and professional musicians. The band's performances at school and community events, including Dundee Middle School’s ‘Schoolapalooza’, West Dundee’s Heritage Fest and Elgin's 'Rib Fest', showcased Matt's passion for bringing people together through the power of music. During the time that covid forced everyone indoors, Matt and his friend, fellow educator John Blomquist, entertained the community by playing and singing music broadcast from their basement over the internet. When summer weather arrived and live music festivals were canceled, they performed concerts in their driveway for neighbors and friends.

While we mourn the loss of Matt, we also celebrate the extraordinary life he lived and the profound impact he had on the lives of so many. His memory will be cherished forever in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him.

Visitation to honor Matt's memory will be held at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church on Friday, March 1, 2024, from 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A Funeral/Home Going Service, officiated by Matt's Pastor and friend, Rev. William P. Yonker, Senior Pastor, will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church. Following the service, Matt's interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church where Matt was a member, where he was confirmed and where he played as a musician as a member of the Praise Team.

Additionally, we kindly ask that on Friday, attendees wear T-shirts that reflect their connection to Matthew, such as DMS shirts, musical shirts, Midnight Mile shirts, Bishop Band shirts, or any other shirt that holds significance in remembrance of him.

May Matt's legacy of love, music, and service continue to inspire us all.