The Arcadia Chorale is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Rupcich as its new Music Director, beginning with the 2021–2022 concert season. Mr. Rupcich had been serving as the Chorale’s Interim Music Director since the 2019–2020 season, when he stepped in for Dr. Steven Thomas, who was on extended medical leave. This appointment makes Mr. Rupcich the third Music Director in the Chorale’s history, following the tenures of Dr. Thomas and Robert Dale Herrema, the group’s founder.
“We’re thrilled to have Matthew accept the Music Director position,” says Arcadia Chorale’s Board President, Evelyn Munley. “He has seen us through the Chorale’s most difficult seasons, shepherding us through Steven’s absence and the pandemic. His dedication to the group has been remarkable.”
Under his leadership, the Chorale produced a virtual season for 2020–2021, breaking new ground for the ensemble with innovative video recordings of three separate pieces, all while maintaining the highest degree of musical excellence and personal safety for the Chorale’s singers and staff.
“We knew we couldn’t go an entire season without making music for ourselves and our wonderful audience,” Mr. Rupcich says. “We found creative ways to meet the pandemic’s challenges and are very proud that we not only made music safely, we made it beautifully.”
Mr. Rupcich received the M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Maryland, and the B.M. in music education from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with world-renowned soprano, Phyllis Bryn-Julson. In addition to serving as Arcadia Chorale’s Music Director, he is the conductor of Misericordia University’s Community Choir. Elsewhere in the region, he is music director at First Presbyterian Church (Hawley, PA), conductor of the Tri-State Chorale (Milford, PA), conductor and music director of the Rockland Camerata (Pearl River, NY) and music director with the Delaware Valley Opera Company (Narrowsburg, NY). His full bio can be seen here.
The Arcadia Chorale will open its 2021–2022 season on Sunday, September 19, in a joint concert with Voce Angeli at McDade Park in Scranton. The free concert is part of the Art in the Park series sponsored by the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department.
The Chorale’s season continues with an October Fall Concert honoring first responders, and a Christmas Concert in December with music reflecting the Christmas story characters. The ensemble plans to resume its traditions of hosting an annual Messiah Sing Along in December and the two-day NEPA Bach Festival in March, before ending the season with a Pops concert in late spring. In May, the Chorale will also feature prominently in a Memorial Concert dedicated to the late Dr. Steven Thomas, who passed away in July 2020.
For more information about Mr. Rupcich and the Arcadia Chorale, including details about the upcoming season and ongoing auditions, please continue to explore our website and follow us on social media!