Matthew Alan Truss
July 13, 1984 – December 31, 2019
Matthew Alan Truss, age 35, of Bronx, New York passed away on Tuesday December 31, 2019. Matthew was born July 13, 1984.
A beloved son, friend and mentor, Matthew blessed each person who knew him in his time on earth. Matthew had a charismatic personality and an infectious laugh that could be heard for miles. His unwavering honesty and loving spirit were truly a gift. Matthew had a unique ability to seize each opportunity and moment that came his way, ensuring he lived his life to its highest potential.
Even as a child, he participated in several musical activities. His elementary School music teacher Ms. Mack, and then eventually Mrs. Grinchesky, recommended him to sing with the Indianapolis children's choir. Not only did he participate in the Indianapolis children's choir, he sang and used his vocal gift at church, as a member of the Joybelles. By the time he was a teenager he was singing Ave Maria at weddings.
After graduating from Broad Ripple High School in 2002, Matthew attended the Boston Conservatory of Music. There he studied vocal music with an emphasis in opera performance. After graduating in 2006, he secured a position at the Berklee College of Music, where he loved the faculty and students. He then moved to New York where he worked for the National Corale as a Teaching Artist Corale at the Professional Performing Arts School.
Matthew was a world traveler! He performed internationally as a highly respected and talented countertenor. Matthew worked with The American Spiritual Ensemble, Abyssinian Baptist Church and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Funeral Service for Matthew will be held, 12:00 pm, Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, 4141 North Highschool Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, with visitation from 10:00 am until time of service at 12:00 pm, all taken place at the Church.
Disposition will be private.
He is survived not only by his mother, DebraClark, and his brother, Isaiah Clark, he was loved and supported by many friends, mentors, and family members. From his godmother, to his big brother, his high school and college friends, his music family, and students his legacy will forever live on.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.williamsandbluitt.com for the Truss family.
- Funeral Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Matthew Alan Truss
January 14, 2020
Matthew was a member of the Disciples for Christ, Teen Choir at Eastern Star Church, where I served as the choir director. He and his amazing voice were an awesome gift to the body of Christ and the world. I'm greatly saddened to have read of his passing. Rest well, my brother!!!
January 13, 2020
I will always love you and appreciate your friendship. I feel very blessed that our friendship continued all of these years after the conservatory. I will always be grateful that you came all the way to Germany for my wedding and gave us the gift of your beautiful singing. I am also extremely grateful that I got to see you when I was in New York over the summer and that you made time for me even though you were traveling to Paris the next day. It was really fun to catch up and laugh with you. It was a special day, and I’ll never forget it.
You were so special Matthew. We will always love and remember you.
January 12, 2020
I first heard Matthew sing in the Opera Boston production of Angels in America, and was blown away by his expressive artistry and magnificent voice. I was delighted when a few years later he agreed to work in a summer opera program for teens that I helped run. His warmth, generosity and dedication to both his art and the students was inspiring. I am so sorry that his family, friends and communities have lost a cherished son, brother, cousin, friend and more, especially since he had so much more to give and share. The world has lost an extraordinary artist and human being. May you be comforted.