Measure for Measure Artistic Staff
Steven Lorenz - Musical Director & Conductor
Steven Lorenz is director
of choral activities at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in the Ann Arbor Public
Schools, where he directs four curricular choirs, oversees seven extra-curricular
choirs, and teaches advanced placement music theory. Mr. Lorenz began working
with Measure for Measure in 2003 as the assistant conductor, and in 2007
began serving as music director and conductor. During the summer, Mr. Lorenz
is on the conducting faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp, directing the
Intermediate Vocal Arts program.
Mr. Lorenz holds degrees from Michigan State University (M.M.) and Carleton College (B.A.), studying conducting with Jonathan Reed and Lawrence Burnett. Choirs prepared by Mr. Lorenz have appeared at the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Convention, American Choral Directors Association Michigan State Convention, Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses seminar, the Michigan Music Conference, and have sung under the batons of Enrique Diemecke, Arie Lipsky, David Rayl, and Leonard Riccinto. Mr. Lorenz has been named the MSVMA State TTBB Honors Choir conductor for 2013.
Mr. Lorenz is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Michigan School Vocal Music Association, and Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses and the American Choral Directors Association-Michigan as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Male Choirs. Past appointments include South Lyon High School and Oakland Community College
Dennis Giszczak - Piano
Dennis Giszczak is a charter member of Measure for Measure. He has served as our accompanist throughout our entire history. In addition to his skills as an intense and passionate pianist, Dennis offers a fine first tenor voice and is often the instigator of Measure for Measure's humor - high-speed quips that may originate from the keyboard just as likely as from the spoken word.
Dennis is a resident of Lansing, Michigan, where he serves on the staff of the Cooley Law School Library. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Library Science, and a former member and accompanist of the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club.
Adrian Leskiw - Assistant Conductor
Adrian Leskiw is a 2005 graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied Vocal Performance and Choral Music Education and was an active member of the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, and continues to assist the Glee Club administratively. Adrian has appeared as a section leader and soloist with various groups including the Detroit Concert Choir, UMS Choral Union, and the choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Detroit, and he continues to assist the UMMGC administratively.
Dr. Leonard Riccinto - Founding Conductor
Until his untimely death on December 11, 2006, Dr. Leonard L. Riccinto served as Professor of Music at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He directed the University and Chamber Choirs, supervised student teachers, and taught choral conducting and secondary school vocal methods. He had directed Measure for Measure from its founding in 1988.
Dr. Riccinto earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music. He was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree by Michigan State University in 1985. He is also a veteran of twenty years of public school teaching at the secondary level, holding positions in the Grosse Pointe and Battle Creek school systems in Michigan.
He was past president of the American Choral Directors Association - Michigan, and a member of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Dr. Riccinto was also the director of the Plymouth Oratorio Society, and served as a guest clinician and adjudicator.
On January 13, 2007, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to male choral singing in America, Dr. Leonard Riccinto was posthumously awarded the 2007 Marshall Bartholomew Award by the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses, a national association of male choruses.