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, 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.