The Ann Arbor Pioneer High School A Cappella Choir is an auditioned, advanced mixed voice choir for students in grades 10 through 12. Recently, the A Cappella Choir has performed at the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Convention (2014), American Choral Directors Association Michigan State Convention (2014), Michigan Music Conference (2013), the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015). In both 2015 and 2014, they were selected by the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) as the “Outstanding Choir” in the state of Michigan, and performed at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. The A Cappella Choir has collaborated with the Ann Arbor Symphony on several occasions, including performances of the Mozart Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances.
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.