Quintessence: A Community of Singers
For almost 40 years, Quintessence: A Community of Singers has been a vibrant part of the Albuquerque musical community. The core of Quintessence’s roster is a select 32-voice chorus that includes both professional singers and highly committed volunteers, and performs a four-concert season. Through our Summer Choral Festival and community singing events (Beer Choir, Park Sings), Quintessence also provides a space for singers of all ages and ability levels to create music together. We are proud to have partnered with the VOCES8 Foundation and St. John’s Music Ministries to create “Sing Together Albuquerque,” an initiative that puts our teaching artists into local schools to foster singing in classrooms.
Matthew Greer was appointed Artistic Director of Quintessence in 2009. He also serves as Director of Music and Worship Arts at St. John’s United Methodist Church, where he oversees a comprehensive music program. In recent years, he has served on the choral faculty of the University of New Mexico and as a guest conductor for the New Mexico Philharmonic. In 2012, he was among the recipients of Creative Albuquerque’s Bravos! Awards, honoring artistic innovation, entrepreneurship, and community impact. His teachers have included Alice Parker, Jane Marshall, and Ann Howard Jones. A native of Kansas City, he has degrees in music education and theology from Trinity University and Boston University.