Location: Ohio, USA
A native of Medina, Ohio, Mr. Matthew A. Zabiegala, attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. While at Ohio State, Mr. Zabiegala was an active performer, leader, and educator fulfilling many duties including serving as the Public Relations Chair for three years in The Ohio State University Men’s Glee Club as well as a Featured Soloist for the group, the President of the OSU Chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association, the Music Director for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, and a Student Conductor for the OSU Symphonic Choir. While at Ohio State, Mr. Zabiegala had the distinct honor to work with inspirational educators and conductors such as, Dr. Robert J. Ward, Dr. Richard Schnipke, Dr. Kristina Caswell-MacMullen, Dr.Hilary J. Apfelstadt, Dr. Timothy Sarsany, Mr. Jonathan Waters, Dr. Milt Allen, and Mr. Maurice Casey. Mr. Zabiegala was also honored by the University in being asked to sing The National Anthem and The OSU Alma Mater “Carmen Ohio" at the 400th Commencement in 2012 for 10,000 graduates, 40,000 spectators, and national dignitaries in Ohio Stadium.
2014-2015 marks Mr. Zabiegala's 2nd year as Director of Choral Activities at Worthington Kilbourne High School, in Worthington, Ohio. He conducts the most advanced mixed ensemble, The Kilbourne Singers, that plans a yearly Concert Tour and participates in Regional and State Adjudicated Event, as well as three additional ensembles, Symphonic Choir, Treble Ensemble, and Concert Choir. The Kilbourne Singers earned all Superior ratings at both District and State Adjudication in 2014. Mr. Zabiegala teaches Music Theory, a class that aligns with the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. In addition to his duties at WKHS, Mr. Zabiegala also conducts the Chancel Choir at New Albany United Methodist Church in leading spirited traditional worship every Sunday and conducting major musical works for church holidays. Most recently, Mr. Zabiegala led the Chancel Choir in John Rutter's work, "Gloria" on Palm Sunday 2014. As an educator, Mr. Zabiegala is also one of the Assistant Directors of the award-winning WKHS Marching Band and prior to his appointment, Mr. Zabiegala has worked with numerous high school choirs and marching bands across the state including Central Crossing, Westerville South, Hilliard Darby, Olentangy Orange, Mt. Gilead, Medina, Dublin Coffman, and Marion Harding. Most recently, Mr. Zabiegala was the Director of Choral Activities at Central Crossing High School in Grove City, Ohio directing four concert choirs, a competitive, award-winning showchoir, and directed a very successful production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”.
Mr. Zabiegala actively performs around Columbus as a conductor, chorus member, and a guest soloist. He has performed at Worthington United Methodist Church as a guest tenor soloist for Theodore Dubois’, Seven Last Words of Christ, Brahms’ Requiem, Schumann’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Faure’s Requiem, and other major works. Recently, Mr. Zabiegala sang with the Choral Union from Capital University in the 2014 Christmas Festival, “…and holy is…” under the direction of Dr. Lynda R. Hasseler. In March, Mr. Zabiegala will join the Cathedral Choir of St. Joseph’s Cathedral in their performance of Thomas Tallis’, Spem in alium, a 40-voice, towering achievement in Renaissance choral polyphony. Mr. Zabiegala was also asked to perform as a tenor soloist on Heinrich Schütz' Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, at First Congregational Church, Downtown Columbus, for Good Friday services.