Dr. Matthew Leese, our Artistic Director. Matthew Leese 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. 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. In addition to directing the Monadnock Chorus, Matthew is 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.