Originally from Tampa, Florida, Matt Johnston graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and a certificate in bassoon performance. While at Florida State, he also studied the organ, flute, clarinet, and piano. Matt is a regular in the Seattle theatre scene and performs on all the woodwinds in addition to piano and organ.
For many years, Matt self-published his arrangements and transcriptions under Malejo Publications. Many of his transcriptions for clarinet choir have been recorded by the University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble and can be heard on multiple CDs. In 2011, he became the owner of ALRY Publications, a sheet music publishing company established in 1981, originally based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He now enjoys spending his time working with the 200+ composers and arrangers represented in the catalog.
Outside of music and publishing, Matt enjoys taking advantage of all the outdoor activities the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer and looks forward to future travels around the world with ALRY. Among Matt’s many accomplishments, he enjoys notoriety as an origami artist and some of his models are even featured in Meenakshi Mukerji’s "Ornamental Origami: Exploring 3D Geometric Designs."