Matthew R. Stein



  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, May 2016 Candidate for B.A., double major in Computer Science and Music, Certificate in Jewish and Israel Studies, GPA: 4.0, Dean's List (5 semesters)
  • Aquincum Institute of Technology, Budapest, Hungary, Spring 2015 Study abroad program with coursework in computer science and design
  • Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, Amherst, MA, Summer 2013 and Summer 2014 Seven-week intensive Yiddish language and culture course

Working Experience

  • Technology Intern, Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA, Summer 2014
    • Helped to test and debug in-development Yiddish OCR software (Java).
    • Devised stemming algorithms for a multi-dialectal Yiddish search engine (Java, Python).
    • Coded educational web games for the Yiddish Book Center website (jQuery, CSS3).
  • Freelance Violinist and Violist, Eastern PA and Central CT, 2009 - Present
    • Perform classical, klezmer, jazz, and world fiddle music as a soloist and in various small ensembles, particularly string quartets and piano trios.
    • Entertain at weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, restaurants, and benefit events.
    • Teach private violin lessons to elementary and middle school students.
  • Teaching Assistant, Yiddish Cultural Expression, Wesleyan University, Fall 2014
    • Organized and publicized five guest performer/speaker events.
    • Helped prepare lesson plans and provided students with linguistic and musical assistance.
  • Course Assistant, Intro to Programming, Wesleyan University, Spring 2014
    • Facilitated bi-weekly help sessions for music-oriented computer science class of 16 students learning to code and compose using SuperCollider.
  • Course Assistant, Tonal Harmony, Wesleyan University, Spring 2013 and Spring 2014
    • Corrected homework assignments and quizzes on counterpoint, voice leading, harmonic and structural analysis, and ear training for music theory classes of 30-40 students.

Leadership and Activities

  • Klezmer Band, Founder, Wesleyan University, September 2012 - Present
    • Schedule rehearsals, obtain and manage finances for guest performers and coaches, and organize four concerts and Yiddish dance events each semester.
    • Teach Eastern European and American klezmer styles to the 8-12 member ensemble.
  • Student String Collective, Co-Founder, Wesleyan University, September 2013 - Present
    • Serve as musical director and concertmaster of student-led chamber orchestra that performs standard classical repertoire and new compositions.
  • Jewish A Cappella Group, Co-Founder, Wesleyan University, September 2014 - Present
    • Help lead weekly rehearsals and sectionals for a 22 member vocal ensemble.
  • Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society, Wesleyan University, September 2014 - Present
    • Contribute technological insight to weekly business and design brainstorming sessions.
  • Cowl Cultural Fellow, Wesleyan University, September 2013 - May 2014
    • Awarded $1500 grant from the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.
    • Planned four major Yiddish cultural events at Wesleyan throughout the year.
  • Jewish Renaissance Fellow, Wesleyan University, September 2013 - May 2014
    • Welcomed Jewish freshman to campus with introductory social gatherings.
    • Organized all cultural and religious events for the Wesleyan Jewish community.


  • Programming Languages: Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Haskell, SML/NJ, Java, SuperCollider, Prolog
  • Libraries/Frameworks: jQuery, Ruby on Rails, Twitter Bootstrap, Foundation
  • Languages: Spanish and Yiddish (working proficiency), Hebrew (basic)
  • Music: Violin (12 years), Viola (7 years), Piano (12 years), Voice (Bass-Baritone)

Additional interests

  • Origami: Member of OrigamiUSA for ten years; attendee at conventions in New York City, Long Island, and Boston; avid creator of complex geometric, music-themed, and fantasy/humanoid origami models.
  • Letterboxing & Printmaking: Hidden 150 and found over 1700 letterboxes; carved over 300 rubber stamps of original artwork and historic woodcut reproductions; hosted letterboxing events in 2010 and 2013 with more than 40 letterboxers in attendance; for more information about letterboxing, see
  • Puzzle Design: Member of the National Puzzlers' League; remote participant in the 2014 and 2015 MIT Mystery Hunt; crossword puzzles published in the Wesleyan Argus.
Matthew R. Stein
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