Matthew Leese is known as a versatile conductor, baritone, clinician and stage director.
His performing experience in the USA, Canada, Asia, Europe and in his native country New Zealand includes dozens of solo and ensemble performances and recordings. Matthew is a core member of the internationally renowned medieval quartet Liber and Kansas City-based professional choir Spire. Notable local engagements this year have included acting as Guest Stage Director for the Raylynmor Opera production of Magic Flute at the Colonial Theatre, directing KSC's spring opera Venus and Adonis and numerous choral performances. Dr. Leese received degrees in Voice from the University of Otago in New Zealand, the Longy School of Music, Indiana University and holds the Doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois. Matthew is Artistic Director of the Monadnock Chorus, Music Director of the Chamber Singers of Keene, Conductor-in-Residence of Voices of the Bay in St. Andrews, NB, Artist in Residence with the Boston City Singers, a volunteer for the Keene Music Festival and serves as a Lecturer in Music at Keene State College.