Lee-Hae-JongNicholas Mattiussi is a senior vocal music education student in the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University. After starting out with a focus on trumpet, Nick fell in love with singing and studying voice through his active participation in the choir at St. Columba Cathedral as well as Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica. Last August, Nick took over as the director of music at Our Lady of Mount Carmel – St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Youngstown and serves as the lead cantor and choir director at both churches.

Nick is a baritone and currently studies with Dr. Misook Yun at YSU after previously studying with Mr. Bill Ambert for a short period of time. He currently serves as the section leader for the tenors in the Dana Chorale and is also a member of the Dana Opera. Before switching to voice, Nick studied trumpet with Dr. Christopher Krummel. In addition to voice, he is currently studying the organ with Dr. Daniel Laginya, who recently retired from his position as the music director and organist at St. Columba Cathedral.

Nick is a recent graduate of the Cecilia Project which is an organization created by the Diocese of Youngstown to assist and train young adult musicians throughout the Diocese. As a part of the program, Nick was recently able to travel to St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota to attend “One Call;” a retreat for church musicians from all over the country.

Nick is excited to once again be able to sing with the Stambaugh Chorus; he recently performed John Rutter’s Requiem with the group at Carnegie Hall in New York as a part of the Youngstown Cantorum.