Justin Raffa
Guest Artist Email: justin@midcolumbiamastersingers.org
Phone Number: 609-924-7416
Department Name:
Westminster Office of Continuing Education
Mailing Address:
101 Walnut Lane Princeton, NJ 08540
Role: 
Faculty
Title: 
Guest Artist
Email: 
justin@midcolumbiamastersingers.org
Phone Number: 
609-924-7416
Department Name: 
Westminster Office of Continuing Education
Mailing Address: 
101 Walnut Lane Princeton, NJ 08540

Justin Raffa received an M.M. degree in choral conducting at the University of Arizona. As a graduate student, Justin conducted the UA Faculty/Staff choir during his second year and served as the head conductor of the University Singers in his final semester. At the close of his tenure, Justin received Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Awards from both the Graduate & Professional Student Council and the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership, in addition to being nominated for the 2008 Arizona Governor's Arts Award.

In Arizona, Justin was an active member of the Arizona Music Educators Association and served on the Arizona Choral Directors Association state board as Repertoire & Standards Chair for Community Choirs. Justin served as Minister of Music at Rincon Congregational United Church of Christ and taught elementary school choral music in private schools. During the 2007-08 season, Justin was selected as the first assistant conductor of the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus and guest conducted the Wieck Chamber Singers and Orchestra as well as the Dutchess County (NY) Elementary Honor Choir.

Justin began his professional career as a teacher in Bisbee, AZ, where he oversaw the high school choral department and theatre arts curriculum, in addition to directing the Bisbee Community Chorus and serving on the board of the Bisbee Arts Commission. Originally from southern New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ, where he received a B.M. degree in music education with a vocal concentration and was awarded the Rider University President's Award at graduation. As a student, Justin studied conducting and group vocal technique with James Jordan, with whom he rejoined forces during the summer of 2007 as an instructor for Westminster's Vocal Institute. Justin also served as a founding member of The Actors Company at Westminster, where he had the opportunity to perform onstage and conduct in several musical productions.

Justin has sung as part of the Berkshire Choral Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Voces Novae et Antiquae, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and continues to perform as a founding member of the Tucson Chamber Artists. As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir under Joseph Flummerfelt, Justin sang with some of the world's leading conductors and orchestras, including Riccardo Muti and Sir Neville Marriner with the New York Philharmonic and Riccardo Chailly with the Royal Concertgebouw. Currently, Justin sings with Male Ensemble Northwest and Chor Anno, two regional ensembles made up of professional choral musicians, alongside his friend and voice instructor, Reginald Unterseher.

Since his arrival in the Tri-Cities in August 2008, Justin has endeavored to build increased collaboration within the local performing arts community. In addition to his role with the Mastersingers, Justin is Orchestra Manager of the Mid-Columbia Symphony and Music Director at All Saints Episcopal Church in Richland. Justin has also served as an actor, music director and board member with the Richland Light Opera Company, music advisor with Washington East Opera, music director with Columbia Basin College Summer Showcase productions, and conductor of the Three Rivers Children's Chorus. Additionally, Justin has served as an adjudicator for local festivals and competitions through the Columbia Basin Music Education Association and Washington State Educational Theatre Association. For the past three seasons, Justin has served as interim Chorus Master of the Oregon East Symphony in Pendleton.

Justin is a passionate advocate for the arts in the community and is an executive board member with the Arts Center Task Force, whose goal is to build a much needed Performing Arts Center for the Tri-Cities. Justin is also a member of the Richland Rotary Club, where he chairs two committees, and can be seen as a frequent performer and emcee for numerous charitable events across the Tri-City community.  

To contact Justin Raffa, e-mail justin@midcolumbiamastersingers.org