Ben Matus, Artist in Residence (voice, winds, lute, percussion) enjoys a varied career in music: he brings music to life regardless of whether it was written in the Middle Ages or yesterday. Based in NYC, Ben performs with many early music groups on various bassoons and dulcians along the East Coast—including Early Music New York, New York Baroque Incorporated, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, The Clarion Society, Opera Lafayette, The Handel and Haydn Society, and more. In addition to his performances in concert halls, Ben plays and sings for the Chivalrous Crickets, a band focused on the folk traditions of the British Isles, America, and their early music roots. Ben began his musical training as a boy soprano in a church choir in Bucks County, PA and continued on to receive a BM from the Eastman School of Music and a MM from the Juilliard School. His latest passion project is self-accompanying medieval songs and stories on bagpipes. In his spare time Ben can be found attending his friends’ concerts (pandemic permitting), rereading books by Tolkien, or recording birds deep in the woods.