MATTHEW J. LAPINE
conductor | singer | voice teacher | clinician
making the world a better place
one note at a time
Matthew J. LaPine is an active performer, educator, conductor, and composer in central New Jersey. He received the designation Master of Music in Choral Conducting and Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he studied voice and graduated with distinction. He also received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster, studying voice and piano, graduating summa cum laude, and winning the Sophomore Piano Competition. As a conductor, Mr. LaPine has been the graduate assistant with Westminster Williamson Voices and Westminster Schola Cantorum (under the supervision and direction of the acclaimed James Jordan), rehearsal assistant for the Westminster Jubilee Singers (under the direction of J. Donald Dumpson), and he has led rehearsals and soloed with the Westminster Symphonic Choir. He has studied piano with Lillian Livingston, Francis McGuigan, and Ann Marie Nowak; voice with Marvin Keenze and Sonia Funk-Olin; and music theory and composition with Jay Kawarsky, Barton Bartle, and Anthony Kosar.
Mr. LaPine is the Founder and Artistic Director of Rise Up Chorus, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to enrich lives through human interaction using music as our commonality. He is Choral Director at Bernards High School, where his choral ensembles have received national acclaim and have performed in various locations along the East Coast. He also sings professionally for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen (NJ) where he is a soloist, section leader, and guest conductor with the Festival and Chamber Choirs. He also is a private voice teacher and guest clinician/workshop leader for choirs and music organizations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Formerly, Matthew was the Director of Camerata, an ensemble for young men in grades 7-12 with changing or changed voices, with the New Jersey Youth Chorus as well as Co-Director of Early Childhood Music Camps at Westminster Conservatory of Music Mr. LaPine’s ensembles have performed in such prestigious locations as The White House (Washington, D.C.), Carnegie Hall (NYC), St. Louis Cathedral (New Orleans, LA), the Roper Performing Arts Center (Norfolk, VA), the Thomas Jefferson Memorial (Washington, D.C)., in Nashville, TN, the Prarie Center for the Arts (Chicago, IL), and with such ensembles as the Canadian Brass, the Celtic Tenors, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and singing the National Anthem at New York Jets, New York Mets, and Somerset Patriots games.
Mr. LaPine has been published as a contributing author in multiple works, most recently the journal article “Fitting It All In” (in the national publication, Teaching Music Magazine), and he is a member of the National Association for Music Education, New Jersey Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, and the New Jersey chapter of ACDA.
Matthew will work with your ensemble to prepare them for a performance or enhance their vocal technique, performance practice/readiness, and ensemble cohesiveness.
PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS
Matthew is a private voice teacher in Central/Northern NJ. You can work with Matthew long-term to improve your overall vocal ability, technique, and health, or you can schedule a few vocal coachings in preparation for a performance or audition.
As of January, 2021: Now accepting new students for short-term coaching sessions; not taking any new students for ongoing lessons.
Contact Matthew directly to begin developing your own voice
or to be placed on the waitlist as space becomes available.
Matthew gives workshops on various topics, and all workshops can be tailored to suit you and your organization's needs. Sample workshop topics include vocal technique, specific major works/composers, vocal health, and music in liturgy. Workshops can in person or online -- whichever suit your needs!
Looking to contract Matthew as a singer or conductor for a performance? Matthew is available to perform baritone solo or ensemble roles in concerts or recitals or to guest conduct your ensemble in rehearsal or performance.
Matthew, that is a fantastic interview. I mean, genuinely killer — so interesting and insightful.
Thank you! It’s been a joy talking with you.
- Eric Whitacre
I have been working with Matt for the last six months; one hour lessons, once a week. We started lessons a few weeks before COVID hit. I had two, maybe three, in person lessons, and everything else has been over zoom meetings. I am in awe of the improvements in my voice in such a short amount of time, considering my lessons have been online.
Matt's weekly assessment, and developmental plan has drastically changed my voice. He has chosen songs that are enjoyable to sing, yet challenge my range, and build technique based on the elements and skills we are working on that week/month.
Word of warning, most of the songs have been in foreign languages, which I did ask for. He has allowed me to choose a few songs along the way (with specific criteria, of course).
If you are looking for a kind, compassionate, knowledgeable, and structured teacher. Look no further. Matt is supportive, but will totally give you "the look" when he knows you can do better. He will also call you out when you give yourself the eye roll because you know you could have done something better. He will encourage you, and push at the same time.
I can't wait to see what the future has in store.