Our Assistant Directors

Nicholas Nicassio

Nicholas Nicassio

Nick's passion for music began at a very young age, studying piano and learning all the music he could get his hands on. Later, his love of singing and choral music added another dimension to his artistry and led to his current career.

Nick holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and has sung with the Los Angeles Opera Chorus and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, under the direction of Grant Gershon and the late Paul Salamunovich. While singing with the LA Master Chorale and LA Opera, he performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and under the baton of conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Esa Pekka Salonen, James Conlon, and Placido Domingo. Currently, Nick is a conductor for the National Children's Chorus, one of the nation's premier treble choruses, performing at Carnegie Hall and St. Paul the Apostle Church in Manhattan. Before conducting for the National Children's Chorus, he was the pianist for the New York section. Nick serves as the Director of Music at the United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco. He is a member of the artistic staff at the Play Group Theater in White Plains, where he has been the musical director for numerous stage productions, including Into the Woods, Footloose, Shrek the Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, and many others.

Nick has composed choral music for the Artes Vocales of Los Angeles of the Pasadena Conservatory, and the Young Men's Ensemble of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus. His works have been performed in concerts, choral workshops, and master classes worldwide. Most recently, he is composing the musical score for the feature film, When the Moon Was Twice as Big.

Nick is pursuing his DMA in choral conducting with Patrick Gardner at Rutgers University.

Matthew Zabiegala

Matthew Zabiegala

Hailing from Ohio, Matthew Zabiegala began his career as the Director of Choral Activities at Central Crossing High School in Grove City, OH directing four concert choirs, a competitive, award-winning showchoir, and directing the school musical. Matthew then served as the DCA at Worthington Kilbourne High School in Columbus directing the most advanced mixed ensemble, The Kilbourne Singers, as well as three additional ensembles. Under his direction, The Kilbourne Singers planned yearly, thematic Concert Tours throughout the region, and participated in Regional and State OMEA Adjudication consistently receiving the highest, superior ratings. Matthew has also served as the Director of the Chancel Choir at New Albany United Methodist Church in New Albany, OH, where he led spirited traditional worship every Sunday, conducted chamber works with the Choral Scholars, and led major works during the liturgical year most recently including, John Rutter’s Gloria, and Mark Hayes’ Gloria.

Matthew attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree studying under the batons of Dr. Robert J Ward, Dr. Kristina Caswell-MacMullen, Dr. Richard L. Schnipke, Dr. Hilary J. Apfelstadt, and Mr. Maurice Casey. While at OSU, Matthew fulfilled many duties including serving as the Public Relations Chair and featured soloist for the OSU Men’s Glee Club, a member in the OSU Chorale, the President of the OSU Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Director for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, and a Student Conductor and featured soloist for the OSU Symphonic Choir.

Trained as a tenor under Loretta Robinson, Matthew actively performs as a soloist and chorister. Under the direction of Dr. Lynda R. Hasseler, Matthew has served in the Choral Union at Capital University as a section leader and featured soloist for numerous major works and the annual, beloved Capital University Christmas Festival. Matthew has also had opportunities to perform at historic venues such as St. Joseph’s Cathedral, First Congregational Church, and Worthington United Methodist Church performing major works as a soloist. This past year, Matthew performed Mark Hayes’ Requiem, with the composer conducting at WUMC. Matthew is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Choral Conducting at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with Dr. Patrick Gardner.

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