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Music Director

Adam C. Riccinto is the founding music director of the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra and is an active conductor, performer, and clinician throughout southeastern Michigan.  As an arts coach, Mr. Riccinto works with musicians and performers of all ages and disciplines to help them to advance their craft.

Alongside the YSO, Mr. Riccinto also serves as Worship Leader at Plymouth First United Methodist Church. He has also served as Director of Worship Arts at St. Michael Lutheran Church of Canton, MI from 2020 – 2024 and Director of Choral Activities and Arts Advisor at Ypsilanti Community Schools from 2014 – 2016. Other teaching credits include strings and general music at Fortis Academy in Ypsilanti, Michigan from 2004 – 2008 and Elementary vocal music for the Taylor School District. He is also a frequent guest clinician with regional High School and Middle School choirs and orchestras.

Prior to founding the YSO, Mr. Riccinto served as music director of the Tecumseh Pops Orchestra from 1996-1999. He has also held posts as Director of Music at Orchard United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills, MI, Interim Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, Director of Music at Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church in Livonia, Michigan from 2000-2001 and the First United Methodist Church in Howell, Michigan from 1998-2000. Musical theater credits include vocal direction for the Ann Arbor Civic Theater, and musical direction for the Chelsea Area Players.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Riccinto has appeared with Spectrum Orchestra, the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, Chelsea Symphony of Manhattan, the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, the Warren Symphony Orchestra, Measure for Measure: A Men’s Choral Society, and Eastern Michigan University’s Collegium Musicum and Chamber Choir and other regional and school ensembles.

As a performer, Mr. Riccinto appears professionally throughout Metro Detroit as a pianist, vocalist, cellist, and guest conductor.   Outside of music, Adam is an entrepreneur and sales/organizational development coach.   He resides in Ypsilanti with his wife of twenty-six years, two sons, and labrador retriever, “Maestro.”