Matthew Leese is known as a versatile conductor, baritone, and 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 regular member of the medieval quartet Liber and Kansas City-based professional choir Spire. Other recent engagements include singing with Bourbon Baroque in Louisville, KY and on tour with the Mark Morris Dance Group.
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, Stage Director for Raylynmor Opera, Artist in Residence with the Boston City Singers and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Keene State College in New Hampshire where he teaches Opera Workshop, Music Education and Choral Ensembles.