njyc Artistic staff
Founder & Artistic Director, Coriste 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.
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 , 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. 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, and the Director of Education for Music in the Somerset Hills, a community organization whose mission is to provide musical experiences of the highest quality to those who live and work in the Somerset Hills and the surrounding communities.
Mr. LaPine is Director of Early Childhood Music Camps at Westminster Conservatory of Music, and 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. His ensembles have performed in such prestigious locations as Carnegie Hall, St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, LA, the Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk, VA, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., in Nashville, TN and with such ensembles as the Canadian Brass, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and singing the National Anthem at New York Jets, New York Mets, and Somerset Patriots games. He has been with the New Jersey Youth Chorus since 2013, and has directed both the Coro Vivo and Camerata ensembles.
Sola Coro Director
Joanna Scarangello received her Master of Arts in Music Education from Montclair State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Lycoming College. She is currently employed by the Mount Olive School District, where she serves as the Choral Director for the 340+ member middle school choral program and serves as an Assistant Choral Director at the high school.
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), and has had the honor of working with conductors such as Andrew McGill, James Litton, and David Gilbert. She had the privilege of premiering the work The Spheres at Play by Dr. Fred Thayer in 2008. Ms. Scarangello is a proud member of NAfME and ACDA.
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
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. In addition to her role at NJYC, Deb serves as an adjunct professor for the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information where she has taught Management of Technological Organizations since January 2016. 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.
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.