You won't ever find senior Matthew Dailey with a boa constrictor draped around his neck, but this talented violinist could teach you a thing or two about superheroes. Get to know him by reading our interview and listening to his playlist, filled with stunning music from some great movies!



What made you want to join CYO?

I had heard about it when I was in 8th grade from my previous private teacher. I auditioned my 8th grade year, but didn’t get in. So I tried again freshman year and got in.

What is contemporary to you?

Contemporary to me means our modern day type of music. How we perceive it today, really. To me it means, it means energetic, lively music that we would all like to perform.

What kind of music do you listen to usually?

I listen to soundtracks from movies.

What’s your favorite movie?

Avengers 2.

Who’s your favorite character?

Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr.


Because he’s a brilliant actor. He’s done so much and he portrays the character really well, I think.

So, if you had a super power and you got to pick what it was, what would it be?

Probably intelligence. To know everything, sort of. I could build my own armor and stuff, which would be cool.

Don’t you think that’d be a lot of knowledge to handle all the time?

Yeah, but I could handle it.

What are you thinking about studying in college?

Music. Violin performance specifically.

What would the dream job be?

I want to perform in a symphony that does movie soundtracks.

Do you plan on taking film scoring classes, too?


What else do you like to do besides play your violin?

I like to read. I used to play sports when I was younger, like baseball and soccer, but now that stuff doesn’t really interest me. I’ve devoted a big part of my life to music because I love it so much.

What’s your favorite book?

I have no idea! I’ve read so many.

If you couldn’t do music anymore, what would you do with your life?


If you were going to build your dream cast, who would be in it?

Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans.

Who are some of your favorite directors?

Joss Whedon and Shane Black.

What’s one thing that you’re afraid of?


Matthew's built a great playlist for you filled with some of his favorite music from movie soundtracks. Check his choices out here: