Matthew Leese is known as a versatile conductor, singer, and director. His performing experience in the USA, Canada, Asia, Europe, and his native country, New Zealand, includes dozens of solo and ensemble performances and commercial recordings. Dr. Leese is a core member of the medieval quartet Liber and Kansas City-based professional choir Spire. Other recent singing engagements include performing with Bourbon Baroque in Louisville, KY and touring with the Mark Morris Dance Group. As a conductor, Dr. Leese’s recent experience includes leading the Millikin University Women’s Choir and serving as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, IL. He has also conducted numerous opera productions. As a stage director, he is known for his expertise in baroque stage movement and preparing his own performance texts.
Dr. Leese received degrees in Voice from the University of Otago in New Zealand and the Longy School of Music at Bard College, Indiana University at Bloomington. He received his Doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois. His conducting teachers and mentors have included Simon Carrington, Joseph Flummerfeld, Fred Stoltzfus, Karen Grylls, Chester Alwes, and John Poole.
Dr. Leese is Conductor-in-Residence of the biennial “Voices of the Bay” in St. Andrews, New Brunswick and is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Keene State College.
Renea Waligora (accompanist) Chuck Anderson (bass) Lynn Bergman (alto) June Churchill (alto) Scott Clarke (tenor) Alfrieda J. “Dita” Englund (soprano) Peter D. Hansel (tenor) Ken Herman Melissa Herman (soprano) Bonnie Johnson Patrick Joyce (tenor) Pam Knight (alto) Charlotte Lesser (soprano) Eleanor Martin Samantha McCloghry (soprano) Elizabeth Nieckoski (Alto) Ryan Owens (bass) Jim Peale (Baritone) Deborah Rainey (soprano and occasional alto) David Robinson (baritone) Ted Ruel (Baritone) Art Simington (tenor)