Originally from South Jersey, Justin Raffa received a bachelor’s degree in music education with a vocal concentration from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Justin began his professional career in Bisbee, Arizona, where he taught high school choir and drama and directed the Bisbee Community Chorus. He went on to earn a master’s degree in choral conducting at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Justin is beginning his twelfth season as Artistic Director of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers in the Tri-Cities and is active in the Northwest Region of the American Choral Directors Association. Justin has sung with choral ensembles all over the country, and he currently sings with Male Ensemble Northwest and Chor Anno, two regional ensembles made up of professional choral musicians in the Pacific Northwest.
Justin is a passionate advocate for the arts, and the City of Richland Arts Commission honored him with its 2011 award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Arts. He is a board member of Visit Tri-Cities and Leadership Tri-Cities. He has been awarded as the Washington State 2013 Outstanding Emerging Choral Conductor and recognized by the Columbia Basin Music Educators Association as 2014 Friend of Music. In fall 2016 Justin was appointed to his first term on the Washington State Arts Commission by Governor Jay Inslee after serving a term as chair of the City of Richland’s Arts Commission. Justin lives in Richland with his partner Molly Holleran, singer and voice teacher extraordinaire, and their longhaired dachshund Coda.