Partnerships and Collaboration
Crescendo actively collaborates with community educational, cultural and neighborhood organizations. Crescendo’s main studios and offices are in the heart of the arts scene in downtown Kalamazoo, the Epic Center. From that central location, Crescendo continues to extend its reach into the surrounding neighborhoods and communities.
Marvelous Music!: This program for pre-school children and their families is in 28 classrooms in Head Start, YWCA Children Center, Comstock Community Learning Center, Portage Public School Great Start Readiness program and KRESA Great Start program. Developed by Crescendo Academy of Music and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Marvelous Music! incorporates Crescendo’s Music Together classes and the KSO’s Musical Storybooks presentations, and provides books and music for the home, KSO concert tickets and more. The program is designed to foster a foundation of life skills including active participation, focus, movement, music skills, and reading readiness. Watch a short video about the program here. Marvelous Music! is made possible through grants from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation and the PNC Foundation. Additional support is provided by Dr. William H. and Melinda L. Scott, the Diane S. Robertson Foundation, the Brad Hoorn Memorial Endowment Fund.
Area Public Schools: Public schools in the area engage private instructors from Crescendo to teach their students during school hours.
Neighboring Towns: In Vicksburg, Crescendo offers a string program while Vicksburg music teachers assist with program development and referrals. Crescendo instructors also serve as ensemble coaches for area schools.
Area Arts Organizations: The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra partners with Crescendo by providing Artist-in-Residence teachers and by jointly developing programs; the KSO League provides scholarships for Crescendo students. Crescendo provides rehearsal space for KSO ensembles and musicians, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Keysfest event, and the Black Arts and Culture Center (BACC), Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Society Orchestras. We provide meeting space for the Stulberg International String Competition.
Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestras: A large percentage of Crescendo students participate in the KJSO orchestras. The KJSO offers scholarships to some students for study at Crescendo.
Regional Music Competitions: Many Crescendo students excel when competing in regional competitions including Michigan State Band/Orchestra Festivals, the Spotlight on Youth Recital, the BRAVO Competition, the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, and the Stulberg International String Competition Master Classes.
Retirement Centers: Crescendo performs recitals annually at retirement centers including Bronson Nursing Home, Wyndham Retirement Communities, Fountainview, and Fountains at Bronson Place.
Visual Arts Organizations: Crescendo hosts the Art Hop activities and participates in Art on the Mall. In addition to local artists, children from Maple Street School for the Arts and Woods Lake Elementary provide art work for Crescendo’s hallways.
Local Churches: The First Presbyterian Church provides space for recitals by Crescendo students, faculty and ensembles.
Local Community Events: Crescendo provides entertainment for local events such as Harvest Fest, Farmers Markets in Kalamazoo and Saline, Wheatland Music Festival, and Kalamazoo Art Hops. Our Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra performs throughout the region, including the Cooper’s Glen Music Festival and the Fretboard Festival at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.