Downers Grove 
Choral Society

Matthew Gemmill, Accompanist

Matthew Gemmill enjoys a varied career around Chicago as a pianist, accompanist, and vocal coach. He teaches accompanying, vocal coaching, and opera at Wheaton College, and has also taught at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Mr. Gemmill is faculty at the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago and spends his summers teaching at the Up North Vocal Institute in Boyne City, Michigan. For Lyric Opera of Chicago, he supervised music for Jason and the Argonauts (World Premiere) by composer Gregory Spears.

    A frequent recitalist, Mr. Gemmill appeared in the 2016 Collaborative Works Festival with soprano Sarah Shafer and mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. In fall 2015 he was a competitor in the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition at London’s Wigmore Hall. Other recital partners include Michelle Areyzaga, Kristina Bachrach and Richard Ollarsaba. He has accompanied recitals at the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he was twice a piano fellow, the Chicago Cultural Center and Fourth Presbyterian of Chicago.

    Also passionate about choral music, he currently serves as accompanist for the Young Naperville Singers of Naperville, Illinois and the Spirito! Singers of Elmhurst, Illinois as well as the Downers Grove Choral Society.  He has performed with choirs throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

    Mr. Gemmill’s mentors and teachers include Martin Katz, Stephanie Blythe, Alan Smith, Daniel Paul Horn, and Carolyn Hart.