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Uncle Gerry in Concert!

March 23, 2019 – Join Crescendo Academy of Music as we celebrate 10 years of offering Music Together classes with host recording artist Gerry Dignan in concert. “Uncle” Gerry is featured on the CDs given to the thousands of families worldwide who take Music Together classes. The concert will also feature your favorite Crescendo Music…     Read More

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Support Crescendo Academy of Music

November 12, 2018 – This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Crescendo Academy of Music; would you consider a gift to support us? Along with our celebrations we have reflected on our core values and all of the ways we bring music to people regardless of their age, ability or income. People.  We nurture the…     Read More

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Ben Schmidt-Swartz Joins Crescendo Teaching Faculty

November 1, 2018 – Ben Schmidt-Swartz has joined the ranks of the our teaching faculty! Ben brings an extensive background in saxophone and jazz to Crescendo, and is currently accepting students of all playing levels. Ben earned his Master and Bachelor degrees from Western Michigan University, where he had the opportunity to play with some…     Read More

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Ben Schmidt-Swartz

Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies, Western Michigan University Master of Fine Arts, Saxophone Performance, Western Michigan University Ben did his undergraduate work in saxophone at Western Michigan University. Where he had the opportunity to play with some of the world’s leading jazz musicians including Paquito D’Rivera, Kurt Elling, Fred Hersch, Billy Hart, Bob Mintzer, Stefon…     Read More

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Lillian Slack

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/Family Life Education, Western Michigan University Lillian Slack is a Western Michigan University magna cum laude graduate with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Family Life Education. She is currently enrolled in a masters program at WMU in marriage, couple and family therapy. Lillian worked for two…     Read More

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