About the Director
Leon Griesbach is a choral conductor, organist, lecturer, and bass/baritone based in Lisbon Falls, Maine with a degree in organ performance, and extensive coursework in voice and conducting at the Institute of Sacred Music at the Catholic University of America. His teachers have included organ with Paul Havenstein, Fr. Chrisopher Ulhein, Dr. Robert Grogan, and Dr. Edward Moore, conducting with Dr. Leo Nestor and Mr. David Searle, and voice with Jay Churchill, and Russell Penney.
An active conductor, Leon has led many choral ensembles over the years primarily focusing on Gregorian Chant, and Medieval and Renaissance choral music. As the Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Maine, Leon instructed choristers in reading and performing Gregorian chant from neumatic notation in the Graduale Romanum and Antiphonale Romanum II, and led the choir at liturgies and concerts throughout the year.
As the co-artistic director of the Boy Singers of Maine and conductor of the organization’s Concert Choir, Griesbach introduced choristers to paradigmatic treble choir repertoire and conducted multiple concerts and festivals each year including a collaboration with the American Boychoir in 2011.
Most recently, Griesbach had the privilege of spending five years in Rome, Italy as the Director of Liturgical Music at the Pontifical North American College. He led the seminary’s 45-voice men’s choir in liturgies and concerts at the seminary, St. Peter’s Basilica, and throughout Rome. He had the honor of leading music for Mass with Pope Francis during his historic visit to the College in 2015. Leon also conducted smaller scholae cantorum in performances in the Sistine Chapel, San Giovanni in Laterano, San Pietro in Vincoli, San Salvatore in Lauro, and numerous other of the ancient churches in Rome.
Leon has appeared as a soloist throughout the US including concerts with the Maine Music Society, the Choral Arts Society, the Choirs of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, and others. Notable performances include Judas and Simon in the Maine Music Society’s presentation of Judas Maccabeus, Oscar in Mark Blitzstein’s opera Regina, bass solos in Voices of Light by Richard Einhorn, and bass solos in Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.
Recently relocating from Rome to Maine, Leon has founded the Voces Auream Chamber Choir in order to share his expertise in Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony, and to encourage the singing of this repertoire in his community. His experience performing chant and polyphony in many of the ancient spaces in which this music has echoed for centuries enlivened his approach to this repertoire, drawing out its dual nature as both deeply human and deeply spiritual.
For more information about what Leon is up to, visit www.leongriesbach.com