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Artists in Residence

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The Rockefeller Chapel Choir, directed by James Kallembach, is anchored by artists in residence, who serve as section leaders and as soloists at concerts, convocations, and spiritual events.

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 nationwide. As resident artist at Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel since 2005, critic John von Rhein has praised his “firm vocalism and beautiful timbre.” As a Bach Evangelist, he has been called “stirring, always attuned to the narrative content” (Chicago Classical Review) with the Haymarket Opera Orchestra.

A University of Chicago-trained medievalist and folklorist acknowledged for "ringing sound, cantorial fluency, and elegance,” Mr. Dean has studied in Spain and Siberia, and served on faculty of the Madison Early Music Festival. He appears and records with The Newberry Consort, The Rose Ensemble, Bella Voce, South Dakota Chorale, and His Majesty's Men. Building arts organizations and community, he is founding managing director for Naxos artist Schola Antiqua of Chicago and vocal ensemble The Rookery. He additionally serves as executive director of the Sounds of Faith initiative at the interfaith Harran Productions Foundation.


In 2021-22, Vocal Artists-in-Residence were soprano Elisabeth Marshall, mezzo Lauren Randolph, tenors Matthew Dean and Keith Murphy, and baritone Ian Morris, with special guest bass Mark Haddad.

In 2019-20, professional artists also included longtime tenor anchor Keith Murphy, consummate countertenor Carl Alexander, and baritone and conducting associate Will Myers, a prior choral scholarship recipient.