New SHU theater director information tunes for Macy’s Thanksgiving parade

FAIRFIELD — Tens of millions of viewers will get to working experience the perform of

FAIRFIELD — Tens of millions of viewers will get to working experience the perform of Sacred Coronary heart University Local community Theatre’s new director this Thanksgiving.

Fairfield native Matt Oestreicher, has not only labored with a quantity of popular musicians, but he also recorded all of the new music for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Working day Parade.

“I’ve been performing this because 2017,” he mentioned. “I’m component of the core songs team for the parade.”

Throughout the two times he was recording songs for the parade, Oestreicher and a group of producers and musicians expended hrs in a recording studio. They collaborated with a quantity of musicians — from Broadway acts to pop singers and seasoned vocalists.


Oestreicher claimed it was a high-strain circumstance, including the items will be listened to by millions on parade day.

“The performers arrived in and out of the studio, at times with audio organized and at times not. For these who didn’t provide tunes, Oestreicher and his team place one thing jointly on the location,” Sacred Heart College explained in a release. “The workforce was led by the ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ new music director, Ray Chew.”

Oestreicher begun doing work at the communty theater a few months in the past. A release from the college reported he is thrilled to bring his eyesight, as effectively as entire world-class functions, academic alternatives and movies, to the downtown-Fairfield establishment — a location he frequented as a youngster.

He plays a range of devices and writes and generates tunes. He has labored Stevie Question, John Legend and Alicia Keys and has performed Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theater in New York City.

“He reported he cannot wait around for the theater — a dynamic, skilled location — to participate in a position in the life of SHU students and the increased neighborhood,” the university stated.

Oestreicher commenced using guitar and piano lessons at an early age, according to SHU. He performed in bands with buddies and began taking his skills to golf equipment and audio halls in the course of higher university, coming in 1st put for piano and next for guitar at the Connecticut All State Tunes Awards.

“I was definitely lucky I had mothers and fathers who nurtured me during my musical endeavors,” Oestreicher claimed, adding viewing Broadway demonstrates with them uncovered him to the electricity of artwork and its potential to unite individuals. “It’s what daily life is about … art delivers you with this link to the broader world.”

He gained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Tufts University and a bachelor’s in songs from the New England Conservatory of Songs in Boston. Oestreicher was engrossed in japanese Chinese philosophy and immersed himself in meditation and yoga for four years.

“I definitely concentrated on discovering a further knowing and which means of lifetime,” Oestreicher said.

At some point, he moved on to a slightly more classic way of everyday living with his first musical gig — taking part in on cruise ships.

“It was a wonderful way to vacation and see the world,” he mentioned.

After that stint, he moved back to Fairfield to be with family members, and commenced participating in at area venues and producing connections with up-and-coming bands. Oestreicher at some point joined the band Chester French, which traveled the country touring with Girl Gaga, Blink 182, Weezer, Tumble Out Boy and Fitness center Class Heroes.

“In addition to actively playing an instrument for the artists that I worked with, I usually experienced numerous roles, no matter whether manufacturing, arranging, crafting or contracting,” Oestreicher reported. “Chester French was a really savvy band as they were being one of the previous bands to get a important document offer and the really initially band on Fb.”

Chester French connected with Facebook because band users attended Harvard University with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, SHU stated. The band would normally have men and women like Zuckerberg and other technologies leaders in their social circle or on their tour bus.

“Taking component in and hearing conversations with these younger visionaries showed me a distinctive see of the environment,” Oestreicher claimed. “These persons had a want to adjust the entire world, and they thought they could. I grew up thinking I wanted to suit into a particular part, and I was assembly with individuals and making pals who experienced a absolutely unique perception technique. It introduced me to a different stage of possibility.”

In 2011, Oestreicher moved back to Connecticut and was employed as aspect of the tunes group for the Apollo Theater in New York Town. His get the job done at the Apollo led him to various television and Broadway productions as nicely as activities like the landing of the Mars Rover and the Nobel Peace prize ceremony. He also fashioned a manufacturing business.

“My affiliation with the Apollo formed my mission for the SHU Group Theatre,” Oestreicher mentioned. “The Apollo is these kinds of an inclusive place, and we want to bring that identical feeling to the Local community Theatre.”

He claimed living in distinctive locations all-around the entire world, touring and conference folks with different daily life ordeals, served him rework into a world wide citizen.

“I want to carry the world to the local community theater and enable persons in the community experience items they may possibly not if not get to see,” he reported. “I want to create performs that inspire and give young folks a good practical experience.”

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