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njyc Artistic staff



Founder & Artistic Director

Coriste Director, Primo Coro Director

Patricia Joyce received her Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, in Music Education from Marywood College in Scranton, PA, and her Master of Music degree, With Distinction, in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. She completed certification in Kodaly Methodology from the Kodaly Musical Training Institute, Hartford, Connecticut.

Trish began her teaching career in the Pennsylvania schools, and taught in the Bernardsville schools in New Jersey. She has served as an adjunct teacher in the Music Education Department of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She has presented workshops, reading sessions, and adjudicated festivals for the New Jersey American Choral Directors Association and the New Jersey Music Educators Association. She has conducted the New Jersey All-State Women’s Choir, the Central New Jersey Junior High Honors Choir, the Central New Jersey Elementary Honors Choir, the North Jersey Junior High Women’s Honors Choir, and Children’s Choir Festivals in Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Virginia. She will conduct the Colorado Middle School All-State Choir this Spring.

Trish has served on the Board of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association as President, Vice President, and as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children’s Choirs. She was the Co-Chair for the American Choral Directors Association’s National Children’s Choirs Conductors Retreat, held in New Jersey in January, 2016.  She received Marywood University’s 2016 Award of Excellence in Creative and Performing Arts. In addition, she has served as Associate Organist and Choirmaster at St. Bernard’s Church in Bernardsville, NJ, Interim Director of Music at Christ Church in Summit, NJ, and continues freelance work at many other churches in northern and central NJ.



Camerata Director, Coro Vivo Director

Dan Malloy received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from The College of New Jersey and is pursuing a summers-only Master of Music Education degree at Florida State University. He is the Choir Director at Newton High School where he directs three levels of curricular choir as well as a chamber choir and an a cappella group.

Dan started his career in the Madison Public Schools. At the high school level, he led choir ensembles for grades 9 – 12, the jazz ensemble, and was the musical director for the spring musicals. He also worked closely with the middle school choirs, in preparation for high school.  While at the elementary level, he taught Grade 4 – 5 chorus, general music for grades K – 5, and produced and directed the 5th grade musical.

He has taught private lessons at the Roxbury Community School, and was a section leader and soloist at the Presbyterian Church of Madison. Currently, Dan can be seen performing as a baritone in Harmonium Choral Society and is active as a performer and music director in musical theater across North Jersey.


Joanna Scarangello

Sola Voce Director

Ms. Scarangello is an active conductor, singer, and music teacher in northern New Jersey. Ms. Scarangello received her Master of Arts in Music Education with honors from Montclair State University, with focused research on middle school choral education’s role in a child’s moral, ethical, and social-emotional development. Ms. Scarangello received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with honors from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA.

As an active classical mezzo-soprano, Ms. Scarangello has most recently been seen performing with Clarum Sonum (The True Story of Cinderella, First Stepsister), New Jersey Conservatory Chamber Choir (Bach B Minor Mass, Mezzo-Soprano soloist), Light Opera of New Jersey (Amahl and the Night Visitors, Orpheus in the Underworld), Opera for Humanity (Lucia di Lammermoor, Chorus; A Night of Opera, Recital Soloist). She had the privilege of premiering the work "The Spheres at Play" by Dr. Fred Thayer in 2008.

Ms. Scarangello is currently employed by the Mount Olive School District, where she serves as the Director of Choirs for Mount Olive Middle School. Serving a community of close to 300 choristers, Ms. Scarangello’s school choirs have consistently earned Superior ratings in local festivals.

Ms. Scarangello’s choirs have been invited to perform at The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of NJ, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the NJMEA 2019 State Conference, the 2020 NJSMA Elementary Workshop, and as a demonstration choir for university choral methods classes. Ms. Scarangello has presented sessions focused on intermediate singers and director wellness at NJMEA and NJACDA conferences, and had the privilege to have been chosen to direct the 2020 MACDA Mixed Intermediate Honor Choir.  Ms. Scarangello’s singers have been accepted into county, region, state, ACDA Eastern Division, and ACDA National Honor Choirs in her 14-year tenure as a choral educator. Ms. Scarangello is a proud member of ACDA and NAFME.



Principal Accompanist

Phillip Steffani graduated magna cum laude from Westminster Choir College with a B.M. in Theory and Composition, with organ and voice concentrations. Phillip has performed with the great orchestras of the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and London Philharmonic.

Before attending Westminster, Phillip studied piano with Peter Takacs at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He currently teaches Choral and General music at St. James School in Woodbridge, NJ and is the Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Spotswood, NJ. Phillip also teaches piano and theory privately. Phillip has been the recipient of Papermill Playhouse’s “Rising Star” award for best musical director. As a composer, Phillip receives commissions from numerous schools, churches, and other organizations. He serves as accompanist for several choral groups and has accompanied numerous choral festival and competitions. In addition to accompanying and teaching piano privately, Phillip is also a violinist and singer.



Coro Vivo & Camerata Accompanist

Andrew Macirowski is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and conductor.  A life-long resident of central New Jersey, (though an avid world traveler), he has taught choir, orchestra, and band, for many years in both public and private schools at all grade levels.
He received his Bachelor of Music Education with a concentration in clarinet and conducting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree at Saint Leo University.  As a performer and conductor, he is in high demand throughout New Jersey and the greater metropolitan area, having played the stages of NJPAC, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center.  His compositions range from simple art songs to large-scale works and arrangements for band, choir, and orchestra.
Currently, he holds the post of Coordinator for Worship and Music and Principal Organist at the Parish of Saint Mary in Colts Neck, NJ. He resides in Ocean County with his wife and three children.


Primo Coro Accompanist

Robert Long has served as music director with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. He has performed in Lincoln Center as guest conductor of the annual Messiah Sing-In and has prepared choruses to sing with the Opera Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall. Mr. Long previously served as Director of Music at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, where he conducted the Cathedral Choir and worked with world-renowned guest artists.

An accomplished pianist and vocal coach, Robert Long has performed as accompanist in recital at Weill Recital Hall-Carnegie Hall and on the Noonday Series at Trinity Church in New York.  He currently serves as Director of Music Ministries and organist for Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham, New Jersey.


NJYC Administrative staff


Interim Executive Director

Deborah Close has more than 35 years of IT and general management leadership and senior executive experience. Deb served as an adjunct professor for the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information where she taught Management of Technological Organizations from January 2016 until her retirement in 2021. Prior to joining Rutgers, Deb was the Director of Information Services (CIO) for 14 years at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). In addition to IT, she was responsible for records management and special projects. Prior to DDCF, Deb enjoyed a successful 20+ year career at AT&T/Lucent Technologies/Avaya which included executive leadership of large-scale global business applications and infrastructure teams as well as other general management functions. Deb also works as a management consultant.

Joining NJYC has brought Deb back to her love of and involvement with music. She began studying piano at the age of 4, sang in her high school choir, and was accompanist and musical director for numerous musicals in high school, amateur summer theater at Playmakers in Covington, LA, and in college. Deb holds an ExMSE from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Wharton School, and a BA in Biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College). She is married, has two adult children, and two grandsons.


Program Director

Krystiana Machtinger has been with the New Jersey Youth Chorus since 2015. In her current role, she manages various areas of choir operations, such as event and concert logistics, program administration, and tour planning. Krystiana’s prior experience includes event planning and retail management.

Krystiana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Binghamton University. It was there that she discovered a passion for arts administration, serving as Founder & President of the Zeta Eta chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, Treasurer and then Musical Director of the Harpur Harpeggios a cappella group, and president at various times of BU’s Music Organizations Council, Harper Chorale and University Chorus.

Krystiana currently sings with Harmonium Choral Society. She enjoys traveling, reading, kayaking, skiing, and baking. Krystiana lives in Sparta, New Jersey with her husband and two children.

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