Matthew Leese is known as a versatile baritone, conductor, director, and teacher. He co-founded the professional early music ensemble Gravitación, and is a regular touring member of LIBER. His extensive performing experience in the USA, New Zealand, Canada, Asia and Europe includes numerous opera, recital and oratorio credits. CD credits include ‘Le Stagioni’ with First Step Records, a disc of new music by NZ composer Anthony Ritchie, and as medieval soloist on the 2007 Norton Anthology. Matthew is conductor of the Millikin University Women's Choir and the NewBEMF Community Chorus, and is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor. As a conductor and stage director, Matthew has led many productions, and is known for his expertise in period stage movement. Matthew serves on the Voice, Choral and Opera faculty at Millikin University and is Co-Artistic Director of the New Brunswick Early Music Festival. DMA (UIUC), MM (IU), PGDIP (LONGY), MUSBHONS (OTAGO).