Rita Matichak

Rita has appeared at New York City's Carneghie Hall singing under the direction of the famed composers and conductors Jonathan Willcocks and John Rutter.

She participated in the Christmas production of G.F. Handel's Messiah at the Rialto Theatre in Joliet, IL directed by Nick Thomas and at Governor's State University with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone.

Rita has provided musical entertainment for many local and Chicagoland organizations as well as appeared in the role of Sr. Margareta at Joliet's Picolo Playhouse production of The Sound of Music.

She is married to Andy Matichak, her high school sweetheart, and is a mother of five children and grandmother of eight. She recently retired from the Joliet Township High Schools after working at the East and West Campuses. For two years she was co-director of the Madrigal/Swing Choir at West High.

At present, Rita continues to produce and present musical shows. She is also a soloist, cantor, and member of the Cathedral of St. Raymond Choir and Joliet Diocesan Choir. She holds membership in the Joliet Woman's Club, Joliet Catholic Woman's League, Council of Catholic Women of the Cathedral of St. Raymond, Woman's Study Club of Joliet, Joliet Area Hospice and Silver Cross Celebrity Spotlight, Chamber Music Society of Joliet, Seniors Cathedral Club and Senior Services Center of Joliet.

She believes in taking good care of herself physically, to help both mental and physical health. Most importantly, she tends to her spiritual health through prayer and daily scripture. Her goals include staying educated in current affairs; continuing to volunteer in her community and to enhance her role as wife, mother and grandmother.

Rita's philosophy is "Remember, things are not always as they appear, love one another, age in a graceful manner and make every moment of life count for good."




In 2001, Joliet native Rita
Matichak was crowned
Ms. Senior Citizen at the
Ms. National Senior Citizen
Pageant held in Elgin, IL
was named first runner-up in the
1999 competition).

Rita Matichak was born and raised in Joliet, and attended St. Francis Academy. She had her singing debut at the age of three and has been singing ever since.

Rita studied piano with Marie Schmitz at the Joliet Conservatory of Music. She studied voice with Lucille Gowey Diano of Roosevelt University and the Joliet Musical College, Wilma Osheim at the Chicago Musical College and Nick Thomas, Director of the Cathedral of St. Raymond Choir, South Suburban Junior College Chorale and Morraine Valley Junior College Chorale.

Rita has had many leading roles in the Kiwanis shows of Joliet, and has appeared in the Philip Lynch Theatre at Lewis University productions of Promises, Promises and as Henry Higgins housekeeper, Mrs. Pierce in My Fair Lady, directed by Chet Kondratowicz. She has also performed at numerous Jubilation shows at Joliet Catholic Academy.

Rita was a member of, and did solo work with the Voices of Richard Kroeger, The New People, directed by Dr. Richard Siegel, The Lewis College Chorale directed by the late Enoch Estep appearing at Orchestra Hall with the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernard Rubenstein and The Grant Park Chorus under the direction of the late Thomas Peck.

Further work has included the South Suburban Junior College Chorale, Joliet Junior College Chorale, the Morraine Valley Junior College Chorale, and Will County Bicentennial Park.


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