Measure for Measure, directed by Steven Lorenz, was founded in 1988 by five University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club alumni in an effort to provide an opportunity for men to perform music composed and arranged for male choruses. Under the leadership of the founding conductor, Dr. Leonard L. Riccinto, the group debuted in April 1989 with 19 singers.
Now in its 28th year, chorus members come from across southeast Michigan, ranging in age from 21 to over 80. Though drawn from a wide variety of occupational backgrounds, they share a dedication to the choral art and enjoy a special blend of camaraderie, community and musicality. The group has earned praise for their lively musical excellence in performances throughout America and Europe, but the reflection they value most is the often heard, “You really enjoy what you are doing!”
Measure for Measure’s efforts to promote male choral singing has led to performances throughout Michigan, the United States, Canada, and Europe. Measure for Measure has collaborated with the Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint and Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestras, and performed at several conventions, including the American Choral Directors Association, the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, and the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses.
This December marks the 10th appearance of Measure for Measure with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
Steven Lorenz is director of choirs at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, the 2011 National GRAMMY Signature School, where he directs four curricular choirs, oversees seven extra-curricular choirs, and teaches advanced placement music theory. In addition, Mr. Lorenz conducts Measure for Measure, a 95-voice community men’s chorus based in Ypsilanti. During the summer, Mr. Lorenz is on the conducting faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp, directing the Intermediate Vocal Arts program.
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, Michigan Music Conference, and Michigan Youth Arts Festival. Mr. Lorenz has conducted MSVMA State and Regional honors choirs in Michigan, and his ensembles have sung under the batons of Enrique Diemecke, Arie Lipsky, Paul Rardin, David Rayl, and Leonard Riccinto.
Mr. Lorenz currently serves as President-Elect for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, and he is on the full board of the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, Inc. Mr. Lorenz holds degrees from Michigan State University and Carleton College, studying conducting with Jonathan Reed and Lawrence Burnett.