A tenor “setting the tone” (Pittsburgh Music Alliance) with “affecting line” (Boston Classical Review), Matthew Dean is a sought-after soloist, collaborator, and storyteller in ensembles and oratorios around the country. As artist in residence at Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel since 2005, the Tribune’s John von Rhein has praised his “firm vocalism and beautiful timbre.” As Evangelist in the Bach Passions and Christmas Oratorio, he has been called “stirring, always attuned to the narrative content” (Chicago Classical Review) in concerts featuring the Haymarket Opera Orchestra.
A medievalist and folklorist possessing "ringing sound, cantorial fluency, and elegance" (Chicago On the Aisle), he has studied in Spain and Siberia, and appears and records with The Newberry Consort, The Rose Ensemble, Bella Voce, His Majesty's Men, Third Coast Baroque, and Schola Antiqua. A "stellar" new music collaborator (Alan Artner), Matt has originated roles in works by James Kallembach and Sven-David Sandström, and collaborated with eighth blackbird and Giordano Dance. Building community through sound, he leads the international Sounds of Faith initiative, and co-directs The Rookery men’s choir. (http://matthew-dean.com).
2019-20 Performance Calendar
"Stellar." - Chicago Tribune
Matthew Dean, tenor
Thank you for your support of singing and singers! In 2020, I'll be performing with Bella Voce, Chicago A Cappella, Rockefeller Chapel Choir, and The Oriana Singers in Chicago, and at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee in July. More details will be posted this Autumn.
Favorite moments from 2019 have included performing for an audience of 1100 for the Rose Ensemble Finale Concert in June; singing early French recipes with The Newberry Consort in April; and musical storytelling for family, friends, and admirers of Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Spertus Institute with inestimable composer-soprano Patrice Michaels in May.
December 14-15 (2019): Sing We Joyous! at First United | Oak Park, IL
December 6-8 (2019): A Mexican Christmas with the Newberry Consort | Chicago, IL
November 24: Schola Antiqua at The Cloisters | New York City, NY
November 17 (2019): Sounds of Faith at the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music | Kalamazoo, MI
October 19 and 22 (2019): Chicago Architecture Biennial with the Oriana Singers | Chicago, IL
September 21 (2019): Transept | Sioux Falls, SD
August 17 (2019): Renaissance pop songs with King Solomon's Singers | Chicago, IL
August 10 (2019): with His Majesty's Men at St. John Cantius | Chicago, IL
June 15 (2019): The Rose Ensemble finale concert | Minneapolis, MN
May 7 and 9 (2019): Sounds of Faith of Medieval Jerusalem | Waterloo, ON and Rochester NY
April 5-7 (2019): Le Jardin de Melodies with The Newberry Consort | Chicago, IL
March 2-3 (2019): Tudor Splendor with Bella Voce | Chicago and Evanston, IL
"Dean's firm vocalism, beautiful timbre and close attention to word meanings made the tenor's "Benedictus" a stirring declaration of belief."
- John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
"Tenor Matthew Dean delivered a stirring performance of the [Bernstein Hashkiveinu] solo."
- Chicago Classical Review
"Tenor Matthew Dean sang an affecting line, which Douglas and Kammen echoed and embellished with their strings."
- Boston Classical Review
"Matthew Dean is an ideal Evangelist, with a light high effortless voice"
- Herbert Burtis
"Matthew Dean sang beautifully, providing a robust low end and tastefully restrained vibrato as a firm foundation for the trio."
- Mark Nowakowski
"his soli rang through with clarity and soul"
- Chicago Classical Music
February 21 (2019): soloist in Rachmaninov Vespers at Rockefeller Chapel | Chicago, IL
January 11-12 (2019): Rachmaninov Vespers with South Dakota Chorale | South Dakota and Iowa
See & Hear
In Rama sonat gemitus (conductus)
Byron Colby Barn | Grayslake, IL
Ave Maria - Josquin
St. John Cantius | Chicago, IL
with Kuang-Hao Huang and David Patterson
Unity Temple | Oak Park, IL