- ABOUT US -
The Wakefield Choral Society, originally The Wakefield Community Chorus, began in February 1988. The chorus and the Middlesex Concert Band present a winter and spring concert annually. The chorus also participates in Wakefield’s Veterans’ Day ceremonies. In the past the chorus has performed at the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Former director, Ryan T. Murphy, is now the associate music director of the prestigious Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
- MUSIC DIRECTOR -
Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz
Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz is a 2012 graduate of Brown University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Although he first became interested in conducting in high school, it was at Brown that this interest flourished and he decided to pursue it as a career. He began as music director of Brown University Gilbert and Sullivan, leading Iolanthe (2009), The Gondoliers (2009), and Princess Ida (2011), as well as conducting the orchestra for Ruddigore (2010). He performed on stage twice with the group, singing the role of the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance (2010) and Pooh-Bah in The Mikado (2011). Matthew also sang in Brown’s Disney A Cappella group, became the groups’ music director in 2012, and wrote several arrangements for them. He also played 1st Tenor Saxophone for four years in the Brown University Jazz Band. Additionally, he sang in the choir of Grace Episcopal Church in Providence under the direction of Mark Johnson.
In the summer of 2010, Matthew directed and conducted over 70 people in his own production of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ opera The Pilgrim’s Progress at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio. He continued to pursue his interest in Vaughan Williams’ music by conducting the opera Riders to the Sea as a senior project at Brown in 2012. Matthew has studied conducting at two summer festivals, both in 2011: The New York Summer Music Festival where he studied with James Fellenbaum, and the Atlantic Music Festival, where he studied with Jonathan Schiffman.
He is a native of Cincinnati and attended both The School for Creative and Performing Arts and Walnut Hills High School, from which he graduated in 2008. Away from the podium, Matthew is an avid runner and swimmer, training for and competing in numerous half marathons, open water swims, and triathlons. He is also an ardent and devoted fan of the Cincinnati Reds.
- ACCOMPANIST -
A native of Reading, Joe Beninati has played piano all over New England, from various community theatre productions to a 15-year stint with the LaPierre School of Ballet. Currently, Joe also accompanies the Reading Community Singers and teaches private lessons at Creative Arts in Reading.