Thank You to Our Donors

Thank You to Our Contributors: Your financial gift helps make Measure for Measure’s music become a reality. Measure for Measure deeply appreciates the following friends who support us. Donors know that ticket prices cover a portion of the cost of putting on a concert. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Measure for Measure, P.O. Box 2938, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Alternatively, donations may be made via the web site, or contact the M4M Business Office at (734) 649-7664.

The following is a list of donors who have contributed to Measure for Measure during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 seasons, as of April 26, 2023.

Concertmaster $1,000+

James & Kristi Meretta
Robert Pierce
Gregory & Lisa Shea
Jacqueline Stearns
Cynthia Stewart
June Swartz

Sustainer $500+

Bob Bender
Thomas Layher
Neil S. Talon

Benefactor $250+

Richard Burney
Richard and Debbie Hendricks
Gordon and Carol Johnson
Kenneth and Barbara Scheffer
Magnus and Carrie Wilson
Stewart & Carolyn Work

Patron $100+

Michael Auchter
Dan Burroughs
Jason Caminsky
David Cole
Kenneth Dill
Gary Fry
John & Marcia Frye
Bert Greene
Richard Halloran
Brent O’Banion
Andrew and Beth Pawuk
David & Sarah Smith
Dale and Joni Thompson
Theodore Wilson
Jianhua Zhou

Sponsor $50+

James Knol
Irene Lamanen

Friend <$50

Michael Bodary
Harry Bare III
Matthew Bartow
Sandra Berman
Ann Burek
Lynn Carter
Alan Clark
Natalie Dubov
Morgan Edwards
Doug Egedy
Debra Feinberg
Ric Foeller
Judy Ford
Donald Frederick
William & Mary Frost
Margaret Hawke
William & Anne Hawkins
Knut Hill
Diane Hughes
Jon Krueger
Marian Laughlin
Marcia Leland
Sandra Lowry
Jean Mark
George McConnell
Andrew Melichar
Fr. Michael Petroski
Andrew Rosenzweig
Mark Rosner
Rebecca Selter
Gerard & Ana Seromik
William Sider
Robert & Liz Skinner
Hanna Song
Mary Stevens
Scott & Linda Strodtman
Chao Sun
Suzanne Van Dam
Charles Wilkinson
Charlotte Wolfe
Dorothy Yenni & Laura Wooley

Concert Program

Measure for Measure

It’s a Grand Night for Singing
Richard Rodgers, arr. Jerry Rubino

Danny Boy
Londonderry Air, arr. Kevin Memley

Grace in the Sun
Andy Melichar, tenor
arr. Ethan Speery

First Ending

Thomas Larner, Conductor

Byker Hill
Irish Folk Song, arr. Mitchell Sandler

Nine Hundred Miles
American Folk Song, arr. Philip Silvey

Second Ending

Brendan Closz, Conductor

Bonse Aba
Bill Forgacs, Bob Bender, Dick Bauman, soloists
Andrew Fischer

Rise Up, My Love
James McCray

Note By Note

There’s a Meeting Here Tonight
Brian Neau, tenor
Bob Gibson, arr. Cantus

Molytva za Ukrainu
Prayer for Ukraine
Mykola Lysenko, arr. Walter Bohonos & Bill Solomon

Finlandia Hymn
Jean Sibelius

Good News, The Chairot’s Comin’
Traditional Spiritual, arr. Stacey V. Gibbs

Measure for Measure

Bridge Over Troubled Water
Mark Ely & Joe Diederich, baritones
Paul Simon, arr. Kirby Shaw

I. Gregorian Chant
II. Handel
III. Schubert
IV. Verdi

Thomas Larner, tenor
Eric Lane Barnes

I’ll Be On My Way
Brendan Closz, baritone
Shawn Kirchner

A Parting Blessing
J. Jerome Williams

Artistic Staff

Steven Lorenz
Music Director and Conductor

Steven Lorenz has served as music director and conductor of Measure for Measure since 2007.  Mr. Lorenz is director of choirs at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, where he directs five curricular choirs and oversees five extra-curricular choirs. During the summer, Mr. Lorenz is on the conducting faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp, directing the Intermediate Classical Voice program for students in grades 7-10.

Choirs prepared by Mr. Lorenz have been selected to appear at the ACDA Central Division ConventionACDA Michigan Fall ConferenceIMC National SeminarMichigan Music ConferenceMSVMA All State Festival, and Michigan Youth Arts Festival.  The Pioneer A Cappella Choir has been named the Outstanding Choir in Michigan by the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) on five occasions (2014, 2014, 2019, 2022, 2023) and was featured in Dr. Jerry Blackstone’s DVD, Did You Hear That? (GIA Publishing, 2015). Mr. Lorenz has been selected to conduct the MSVMA TTBB State Honors Choir, conducted the 2013 MSVMA TTBB State Honors Choir, and has prepared choruses for collaborations with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra, and Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. 

Mr. Lorenz currently serves as Vice President of the IMC: The Tenor-Bass Choral Consortium, and has served on the boards of MSVMAMichigan-ACDA, and the Michigan Music Conference.  Lorenz holds degrees from Michigan State University and Carleton College.

Brendan Closz
Assistant Conductor

Brendan Closz is the Director of Choirs for Howell High School, where the choirs have consistently received division 1 ratings at choral festivals.  During school hours, he directs five choirs, teaches Rock Band, and oversees four additional extracurricular ensembles.  In addition, he is the vocal director for Howell High School’s yearly musical.

Outside of the classroom, Brendan serves as host and coordinator for the Michigan Schools Vocal Music Association’s Solo and Ensemble and State Choral Festivals, and finds time to sing with Beyond Choral Ensemble.

Brendan received both his BA in Music Education and MA in Music Conducting from Western Michigan University.  Brendan is dedicated to creating lifelong singers by providing the highest quality choral experiences for his students.

Brendan lives in Brighton with his wife, Joey, and sons, Porter and Owen.

Seohyun You

Seohyun You was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the United States to study music in 1997. Seohyun holds bachelors and masters degrees in piano performance from Eastern Michigan University where she was a student of Dr. Joel Schoenhals. While at EMU, she served as a graduate assistant for Dr. Schoenhals, and an accompanist for the university choir, opera workshop, and private studio vocalists and instrumentalists. Prior to her arrival at EMU, Seohyun studied with Joel Hastings.

Seohyun is an active collaborative pianist in southeast Michigan. She has served as accompanist of Measure for Measure: A Men’s Choral Society since 2013. She currently serves as collaborative pianist for the Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Choirs and continues to be called upon to accompany both vocalists and instrumentalists. She was an accompanist for the South Lyon High School Choirs from 2007-2019 and for the EMU vocal department from 2019-2020. She is also a passionate piano teacher in the Ann Arbor area, with a studio of about 30 students. Additionally, she has served as organist and pianist at St. James United Church of Christ in Saline since 2010. Seohyun resides in Ann Arbor with her husband and their two children, Daniel and Gia.

Thomas Larner

Thomas Larner is an active composer and arranger who has received many commissions for his works. Thomas will receive his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Vocal Music Education in December of 2023.

A former student of Dr. Brandon Johnson, Thomas is a choral music educator looking to change the lives of students one note at a time. He currently performs as a tenor in the Mid-Michigan and Southeast Michigan area with Detroit Opera, and studies under Dr. Robert Peavler and Curtis Peters.

A native of Grand Ledge, MI, Thomas is self-published at


^ Intern & Eastern Michigan Student
+ Note by Note
* First Ending
# Second Ending

Bass I

Matthew Bartow *
Ed Berger
Alan Clark *
Brendan Closz +
Joe Diederich #
Mark Ely
Bill Forgacs #
Richard Holcomb +
Gordon W. Johnson +
Thomas Layher
Bernard T. Moner, Sr.
Rick Moore
Brent O’Banion +
Andrew Pawuk
Jim Robertson *
Andy Rosenzweig
Mark Rosner
Gregory Shea +
Donald E. Shelton
Marty Slabey
Dave Smith #
Chao Sun #

Bass II

Dyche Anderson *
Dick Bauman #
Bob Bender #
Dave Berry
Eric Budnik
Richard Burney *
Jason Caminsky +
David Clark #
Evan H. Cohen
Doug Egedy
Gary Fry
John Frye
Chris Parr +
Robert Pierce
John Sheridan
John Stoddard
Rob West *

Tenor I

Arthur Durkee +
Tom Emery #
M. George McConnell +
David Meitzler
Andy Melichar +
Jim Meretta *
Brian Neau +
Daniel Vogt #

Tenor II

Brian Brenton
Jeffrey Caminsky #
Brian Erickson
Bert Greene
Richard Hendricks
Michael Hignite +
Knut Hill *
Matthew Ilas *
Thomas Larner ^
James Rowan *
Ken Saldanha
William Sider
John Simpkins +
Neil S. Talon
Stew Work

Board of Directors

Andrew Pawuk

Richard Burney

Gregory Shea
Business Manager

Thomas Layher

Jeff Caminsky

Gordon W. Johnson

Andy Melichar

Brent O’Banion

John Simpkins

2023-2024 Season

Annual Glee Club Summer Sing
Sunday, August 20, 2023
St. Luke Lutheran, Ann Arbor, MI

EMU Homecoming Concert
with EMU Choir/EMU Voices
Friday, October 6, 2023
Pease Auditorium, Ypsilanti, MI

Sounds of the Season
Friday, December 1, 2023
St. Francis of Assisi, Ann Arbor, MI

Holiday Pops, Presented by
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, December 16, 2022
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI

Christmas Concert
Friday, December 22, 2022
St. Andrew the Apostle, Saline, MI

EMU Choir Concert
with EMU Voices
Friday, March 22, 2024
Pease Auditorium, Ypsilanti, MI

35th Annual Spring Concert
Saturday, May 18, 2024
Location, TBD

Message from the President

Dear Friends of Measure for Measure,

Welcome to our 34th Annual Spring Concert! We have had an amazing season of singing, and we look forward to performing for you this evening.

Earlier this spring, Measure for Measure sang at the Intercollegiate Male Choir Symposium at Albion College in Michigan. Tenor-bass choirs from the United States and Canada performed over two days. We performed the song, “The Music of Living,” by Dan Forest, with over 160 tenors and basses from the Baldwin Wallace Men’s Chorus and the Case Western Reserve University Glee Club. The massive sound of the four-part harmony was a very moving moment, because it had been quite some time since Measure for Measure sang with so many other singers.

If you are interested to join us, we invite tenors and basses to join us this summer. On Sunday, August 20th we are hosting a tenor-bass “Summer Sing” at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor at 6:30 PM. Come meet us, sing old standards, and sight-read new music together. Also, auditions will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 PM at St. Luke Lutheran Church. For more information, please visit our website.

We thank our patrons, friends, and donors who have been generous to help us sustain our brotherhood of song. Most importantly, we are grateful for the Michigan Arts and Culture Council (MACC) and the Arts Alliance for their financial support over the past three years. We especially thank you, our audience members, for joining us this evening. Enjoy the performance!


Andrew Pawuk

Measure for Measure, A Men’s Choral Society

About Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure was founded in 1988 by five alumni of the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, to provide an opportunity for men to perform music composed and arranged for men’s chorus. Under the leadership of its founding conductor, Dr. Leonard L. Riccinto, Measure for Measure debuted with 17 singers in April 1989.

Measure for Measure has appeared at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, Michigan School Vocal Music Association, Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, Inc., and the International Male Choral Symposium. Measure for Measure collaborates annually with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and has also enjoyed performances with the Detroit, Flint, Oakland, Plymouth, Rochester, and Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestras. Measure for Measure has toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and collaborated with acclaimed soloists including George Shirley, Ara Berberian, Glenda Kirkland, and Jennifer Larson.

The men of Measure for Measure embrace the belief that singing is for a lifetime, and every season hold concerts that encourage young men to continue singing. Measure for Measure’s efforts to promote male choral singing have led to collaborations with the men’s choruses from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Azusa Pacific University, Ball State University, Bowling Green State University, Grand Valley State University, Miami University (OH), and Ohio University, among others.