Conductor and Music Director
Matthew Rupcich has enjoyed an extensive career as a professional singer, conductor, and educator. As the Conductor and Music Director for the Rockland Camerata in Rockland County, New York, he brings a passion and love for choral music by providing unique and well received programming. Under his leadership of the Rockland Camerata, the ensemble presented Beatus Vir (Monteverdi), Canticum Hebraicum (Saladin), Liebeslieder Waltzer (Johannes Brahms), Dixit Dominus (Vivaldi), Magnificat (Bach), Mass for the Children (Rutter), Ceremony of Carols (Britten), Mass in Time of War (Haydn), and Christmas Cantata (Pinkham).
In 2011, he was invited to participate in the Eighteenth International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England, serving as Music Director and Conductor of SAVOYNET’s production of The Mikado. He served as the Concert and Choral Director for the Blue Hill Troupe of New York City from 2005 – 2012, conducting both operettas (Gilbert and Sullivan) and musicals (Brigadoon, Into the Woods, and Follies).
From 2006 - 2016 Matthew served as an adjunct professor of choral music at Hunter College (CUNY) where he conducted a significant number of major choral works, including Requiem (Duruflé), Dona Nobis Pacem (Vaughan Williams), Mass in C (Beethoven), Carmina Burana (Orff), Utrecht Jubilate (Handel), Dixit Dominus (Vivaldi), and Te Deum (Haydn). Matthew has conducted at West Point, The Richard Rodgers Theater, The Metropolitan Museum, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Buxton Opera House in England, among other internationally recognized houses.
Serving on music faculty at Trinity School in New York City from 1998-2016, Matthew taught Upper School Chorus, 7/8 Chorus, 5th Grade Chorus, 6th Grade Chorus, and Computer Music, and he co-directed numerous musicals at the middle and upper school levels. In addition to being an outstanding music teacher, Matthew also served as Dean of Student Life for the Middle School.
Matthew is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he studied voice with Phyllis Bryn-Julson and earned a degree in Music Education. He has played a significant role in Peabody’s Alumni Association over the past 25 years and is currently Past President of the Society of Peabody Alumni. Matthew has a Master’s in Choral Conducting from the University of Maryland. At the age of 17, Matthew was the youngest person to be accepted to the Chicago Symphony Chorus, singing under the tutelage of Margaret Hillis and Sir George Solti.
YiKyung Diana Hughes
YiKyung Diana Hughes, a native of Seoul, South Korea, holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from Rutgers University. She received both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Piano from the Mannes School of Music in New York City. As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist, Diana has performed in South Korea, Spain, the USA, and Canada. In 1989 she was a finalist in the Young Artist International competition in New York City. In 1994 she performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.
Diana has served as an artist-in-residence at York College in Pennsylvania and the Evaristo Valle Museum in Gijon, Spain, and as a faculty member of Teajon College in Seoul, South Korea. Currently she is on the faculty at Montclair State University and Bergen Community College and serves as Choir Director/Organist of the New City United Methodist Church. In 2002 she was one of three organists to receive the George Bryant award for organ.
Diana freelances as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist in the greater New York area. She resides in Old Tappan, New Jersey, with her children, Christina and Andrew, and her husband, Bill.