Member since 2014
Hometown: Bemidji, MN
MM, Choral Conducting, University of Arizona
BA, Vocal Performance, Bemidji State University
Baritone and conductor Matthew Goinz is in his third year as a member of the acclaimed professional men’s ensemble Cantus, with whom he maintains a rigorous national and international touring schedule and acts as tour manager. During his tenure with Cantus, Matthew has been fortunate enough to appear at Lincoln Center, the National Gallery of Art, The Barns at Wolf Trap, Duke Performances, Teatro Metropolitano in Medellín, and the Concert Hall at Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango in Bogotá and has had the privilege to premiere works by Libby Larsen, David Lang, Dale Warland, Roger Treece, and Ysaye Barnwell.
In addition to Cantus, Matthew has worked with a number of other professional and collegiate ensembles including extensive work with True Concord Voices & Orchestra and The Concordia Choir. He can be heard as a chorister and soloist on a several albums, most recently True Concord’s GRAMMY®-nominated “Far In The Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus.” Matthew has collaborated as a conductor, vocalist, coach, and pianist with arts organizations and educational institutions across the country and is an experienced church musician having served in a number of capacities including Minister of Music, choir director, cantor, praise band leader, and section leader.
A native of northern Minnesota, Matthew attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN, and the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he studied conducting, voice, piano, and theater. He enjoys new culinary adventures, baseball, musical theater and opera, spending time with his nephew, and makes his home in St. Paul, MN with his girlfriend and the cutest dog in the world.
10 Questions for Matt:
1. When did you know you wanted to sing professionally?
I never really conscientiously made the decision that I wanted to be a professional singer. I was fortunate enough to have a lot of really great opportunities in a number of artistic facets during my time in school. What began as academic opportunities slowly turned into professional opportunities. Singing with Cantus is an extension of that. I also happened to be in the right place at the right time when Cantus was looking.
2. If you could commission any composer for Cantus (alive or deceased) who would it be and why?
Leonard Bernstein. I’m a little obsessed with everything he did. Brilliant mind. Outrageously gifted composer. Generous and moving conductor. I wish I could’ve spent just a day with him.
3. What country would you most like to visit with Cantus and why?
I would most like to visit China. The food. Oh my heavens, the food.
4. If you stumbled across a time machine, what decade would you visit and why?
The 1970s. Zeppelin. Fleetwood Mac. Queen. Stevie Wonder. Stravinsky. Britten. Copland. Bernstein. Sondheim. Georgia O’Keeffe. Martha Graham. So many incredible artists all making art at the same time. Then again, the same could be said about the decade we’re in right now.
5. What is your favorite hobby outside of singing?
Cooking. I make a mean boiled egg.
6. If you could hang out with any celebrity (alive or deceased) who would it be and why?
Ahmir Thompson (Questlove). He’s a brilliant musician, incredibly intelligent, and tells great stories.
7. What is the most played album in your iTunes library?
Too many to dig through, but my most played album is probably something by Queen, Bernstein, or Sondheim.
8. You’re stranded on an island – which three books or movies do you bring for entertainment?
House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, Kaddish Symphony score by Leonard Bernstein, and Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country.
9. What do you want people to know about Cantus?
No, we did not, in fact, sing on the Frozen soundtrack. There’s a delightful Norwegian women’s choir that had that honor.
10. Share with us one of your greatest days ever?
Yesterday was pretty great. Slept in. Had some coffee. Played with the dog. Made lunch for my family. Watched the Olympics. Had a nap. It was nice.