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Through the St. Andrews Summer School for the Performing Arts, students are given the opportunity to take masterclasses and to perform in recitals and at other public venues. [Read More]

From Wendy Nielsen and Measha Brueggergosman to Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey and Chih-Long Hu, many famous faces have taken part in our courses and events, either as instructors, students or performers. When you participate in St. Andrews Arts Council events and workshops -- you are in good company. [Read More]


Dr. Matthew Leese

Co-Artistic Director, St. Andrews Arts Council and the NewBEMF. Conductor, Early Music Community Choir

Matthew Leese is known as a versatile baritone, conductor, director, and teacher. He has founded three critically acclaimed ensembles, including the professional ensemble Gravitación. His extensive solo and ensemble performing experience in the USA, New Zealand, Canada, Asia and Europe includes numerous recital and oratorio credits, as well as lead roles in La Calisto, Dido and Aeneas, l’Euridice, Venus and Adonis, and Cephale et Procris. As a director, Matthew has led productions of L'incoronazione di Poppea, The Fairy Queen, The Magic Flute, Venus and Adonis, Dido and Aeneas, Orpheus in the Underworld as well as Mozart’s Impresario and Cosi fan tutte, and is known for his expertise in period stage movement. Matthew holds a Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois, the MM in Early Music from Indiana University, a GPDip in Historical Performance from the Longy School of Music and a MusBHons from the University of Otago in New Zealand. He serves on the Voice, Choral and Opera faculty at Millikin University and is Co- Artistic Director of the New Brunswick Early Music Festival and the St. Andrews Arts Council.



New Brunswick Early Music Community Choir
Baroque Opera History

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