In her seventh season as music director of the Illinois Valley Symphony, Lucia Matos has appeared with orchestras in the US, Brazil and Europe, including the Chicago Philharmonic, the Illinois Philharmonic, the National Arts Center Orchestra (Canada), the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Gabrovo Orchestra (Bulgaria), the Campinas Symphony Orchestra (Brazil) and Orchestra da UNICAMP (Brazil).

Since 2008 she is also the director of orchestra and opera at Northern Illinois University.

A dedicated advocate for contemporary music, Ms. Matos has given premiere performances of numerous orchestral and chamber works. She is also equally devoted to opera and her repertoire includes La Traviata, Tosca, I Pagliacci, Samson et Dalilah, Hansel and Gretel, l Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, L'Elisir d'Amore, The Old Maid and the Thief and Duke Bluebeard's Castle.

Born in Brazil, Lucia Matos has lived in the United States since 1998. She studied conducting with Henrique Gregori at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas and became assistant conductor of the Sinfonica Municipal de Campinas and Orquestra da UNICAMP. She received a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa, where she was a student of William La Rue Jones. She has also studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler, Zdenek Macal and Dante Anzolini.