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. 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.