NJCS is committed to the performance of music written for the small ensemble. Although the group has performed at large halls (for example, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center), we generally prefer music suited to more intimate spaces. We believe that that chamber music, with its inherent intimacy, creates a unique bond between performers and audience. Recent performances have included works from across the history of Western music, from Renaissance through Contemporary, from des Pres and de la Victoria to Leighton and Lauridsen.
Passionate about education, Matthew Zabiegala enjoyed careers as the Director of Choirs at Central Crossing and Worthington Kilbourne High Schools in Columbus, OH and at Morris Knolls High School in Rockaway, NJ. Matthew is committed to leading programs through innovative and philanthropic programming, community outreach and involvement, and most importantly, offering musicians a healthy environment to cultivate their artistry. With a passion for liturgical music, Matthew is currently the Director of Music and Organist at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township in Chatham, NJ. Matthew has also served as the Director of Music/Organist at New Albany UMC (New Albany, OH), Townley Presbyterian Church (Union, NJ), and Bridgewater UMC (Bridgewater, NJ), leading these programs through offerings of successful Concert Series, major sacred works, weekly anthems, and solo vocal performances.As a sought-after soloist and chorister, Matthew has performed with Capital University’s Choral Union under the direction of Dr. Lynda Hasseler, and the choirs of First Congregational Church, Worthington UMC, and St. Joseph’s Cathedral for performances of masterworks around Columbus, OH. Matthew has recently performed as a featured soloist and chorister with the Summit Chorale, Riverside Choral Society at Alice Tully Hall, the New Jersey Chamber Singers on their Affetto label album of Mozart's Requiem under the direction of Dr. Reid Masters. Matthew is currently a performing artist with the professional chamber choir, Kinnara Ensemble, presenting concerts in the greater New Jersey and Atlanta, GA areas under the direction of Dr. JD Burnett. Matthew holds a Master's degree in Choral Conducting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University studying with Dr. Patrick Gardner, and served as an assistant conductor, chorister, and featured soloist for the Glee Club, Kirkpatrick Choir, and University Choir. He was afforded the opportunity to deliver inspirational performances at Lincoln Center, Trinity Church Wall Street, National and Regional ACDA Conferences, and internationally in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and in Germany at the Martkoberdorf Chamber Choir Competition. Matthew also holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University having performed as a chorister and featured soloist with the OSU Chorale, Men's Glee Club, and Symphonic Choir, studying under the tutiledge of Dr. Robert J. Ward, Dr. Richard Schnipke, Dr. Kristina Caswell-MacMullen, and Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. The 2021-2022 will be Matthew's second year as the Artistic Director for the New Jersey Chamber Singers.