Matthew Rupcich was appointed Arcadia Chorale’s Music Director at the start of the 2021–2022 season, after having served as Interim Music Director for the previous two seasons. Matthew has guided the Chorale through a new choral landscape by overseeing three innovative virtual performances during the pandemic, while upholding the highest standards of musical excellence with the ensemble.
An active teacher and performing artist, Matthew leads multiple ensembles in the northeast. In addition to serving as Arcadia Chorale’s Music Director, he is the conductor of Misericordia University’s Community Choir in Dallas, PA. 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 of the Delaware Valley Opera Company (Narrowsburg, NY).
From 2006 to 2016, Matthew taught as an adjunct instructor of choral music at Hunter College (CUNY), where he was responsible for conducting large choral works. He also served as the conductor and choral director for the Blue Hill Troupe from 2005 to 2012, conducting both Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and mainstream musicals. Matthew has conducted at West Point, the Buxton Opera House (United Kingdom), and in several prestigious venues in New York, including the Teatro Del Barrio, Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theater, the Metropolitan Museum, and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.
Matthew 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. As an adolescent, Matthew attended Interlochen’s National Music Camp for two years. At the age of 18, he became the youngest person ever admitted as a baritone to the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the direction of Margaret Hillis. As a part of his mission to provide meaningful artistic experiences to young singers, he appears as a guest conductor and vocal coach for area schools when his performance schedule permits.