Matthew Sandvik, singer and conductor, teaches music and other subjects at Amazing Grace Academy in Palmer, Alaska, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to this, he was the music teacher at Livingston Adventist Academy in Salem, Oregon.
Matthew and his twin brother, Michael, were born in Palmer, Alaska, the oldest of three sons of Randolph and Patti Ausmus Sandvik, both of whom are talented amateur musicians. Their father, a cornet and French horn player, and their mother, a flutist, both encouraged their three sons as they pursued music, starting them with piano lessons at an early age. Music was an important activity in the home and also in the extended Sandvik family, which includes several accomplished singers.
Matthew attended Auburn Adventist Academy in Washington, where he sang in the choirs under John Neuman. He was inspired by that experience and following graduation from AAA, enrolled at Walla Walla College, now University, where he graduated with a B.Mus.Ed. in 2006, and an M.A.T. in 2007.
He accepted a position at the academy in Salem in 2007 and taught there for the next four years before returning to Alaska to teach at the academy located in the town of his birth.
Sources: Information provided by Matthew Sandvik in 2007 and by Michael in 2013; Online information; personal knowledge.