Choral Fest

Come Sing at Choral Fest 2017: Poulenc Gloria

October 20-22, 2017

Catholic Church of St. Andrew, 212 Parr St.

St. Andrews NB E5B 1M3
Clinician: Dr. Matthew Leese
St. Andrews New Brunswick

Francis Poulenc

Registration deadline: Friday, September 29, 2017
Register online here

Schedule updated October 12 available here.

Each year, singers from New Brunswick and around the region gather at the New Brunswick Choral Federation’s Choral Fest to rehearse and perform a significant work of choral music under a leading conductor. For over 35 years, Choral Fest has been New Brunswick’s premier singing event for adult choristers. This year, registrants will gather in Saint Andrews, NB from October 20 to 22, 2017 to rehearse and perform the Poulenc Gloria under clinician Dr. Matthew Leese.

The registration fee for Choral Fest includes all rehearsals, music scores and refreshment breaks. Music will be sent to all registrants upon receipt of the registration fee. For those who wish to purchase their own scores, please purchase the Salabert edition. Scores will not be available for purchase through the NBCF.

All Choral Fest activities will be at the Catholic Church of St. Andrew, 212 Parr St. St. Andrews NB E5B 1M3. Google map.

Registrants are responsible for arranging their own accommodations in St. Andrews. View the “Where to Stay in St. Andrews” sheet here

Email nbchoralfed (at) with any questions or for more information.

The New Brunswick Choral Federation and the St. Andrews Arts Council are excited to bring Choral Fest to St. Andrews for the first time.
Francis Poulenc’s Gloria is one of his most celebrated works. It was composed in the period between 1959 and 1960, and was premiered in 1961 to immediate acclaim. Sometimes lighthearted and mischievous, sometimes mysterious, sometimes deeply spiritual, this work belongs in the repertoire of every choral singer.
Registrants are expected to prepare the music beforehand. Online learning files are available at:
and many other sites.

Dr. Matthew Leese

Matthew Leese is a conductor, baritone, stage director and educator based in Keene, New Hampshire. A master of versatility, Leese received his Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Otago, Graduate Diploma in Historical Performance from the Longy School of Music, Masters in Early Music from Indiana University and Doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois. Matthew’s reputation as an intelligent and thoughtful interpreter has led him to a path of successful appointments as a choral and opera conductor.
Recent noted projects have included directing and conducting Hans Krasa’s ‘Brundibar’ for the Redfern Arts Center Voices of Terezin series, Benjamin Britten’s ‘The Little Sweep’ with Keene State Opera and the Colonial Theatre, period performances of Bach’s ‘Johannepassion’ with Monadnock Chorus, and designing a Ewing Arts Award-winning season with the Chamber Singers of Keene. Additional regular conducting responsibilities include directing the Keene State College Vocal Consort, Voices of the Bay and the St Andrews Spring Sing in New Brunswick, and serving as artist in residence with the Boston City Singers.
He serves as Lecturer in Music Keene State College and is Co- Artistic Director of the New Brunswick Early Music Festival and the St. Andrews Arts Council.
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