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Melissa Ludwa

  • Master of Education, School Counseling, Butler University, Indiana

Melissa Ludwa earned a Masters in Education in School Counseling and is an Early Childhood Music Specialist. She is a Certification Level I teacher for Music Together and looks forward to making Music Together again with the families at Crescendo Academy of Music in Kalamazoo.

Melissa, has fed her passion for singing by engaging in solo and ensemble work in a variety of genres and venues throughout career. While studying at Butler University in Indianapolis, Melissa participated in workshops with The King’s Singers, Rockapella, and Take 6. She has been a founding member of The Cleveland Chamber Choir as well as Kaleidosong in Cleveland and Six in the City in Indianapolis- two select vocal jazz ensembles. Additional highlights from Melissa’s musical experiences include performing at the Bay View Music Festival near Petoskey, MI; singing live with Bobby McFerrin; attending Master Classes with Diana Krall and Harry Connick, Jr.; and several seasons as an ensemble member and soloist with Encore Vocal Arts in Indianapolis. Perhaps most importantly, Melissa still sings lullabies nearly every evening to her own boys, now ages 5 and 8.

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Michelle Bessemer

  • Master of Music, Violin Performance, Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance, Stetson University, DeLand, FL

In addition to teaching for Crescendo, Michelle performs with several area orchestras, including the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, Toledo Symphony and more.

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Denis Shebukhov

  • Master of Music, Jazz/String Bass, Western Michigan University
  • Master of Music, Tuba Performance, Gorky State Conservatory, Russia
  • Bachelor of Music, Tuba/Electric Bass, Kirov Music College, Russia

In addition to teaching at Crescendo, Denis is an orchestra teacher in the Kalamazoo Public Schools and a frequent performer in the midwest.

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Matthew Matuszek

  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education, K-12 Instrumental, Western Michigan University

Matt is based in Kalamazoo. Since graduating in 2011, he has taught at Gull Lake Public Schools, served as the Assistant Director of Bands in Plainwell Community Schools, was the Director of Bands in Forest Hills Public Schools, and has freelanced both locally and internationally. He is a stylistically versatile musician that has experience playing in classical, jazz, chamber, rock, reggae, funk, latin, hip hop, and world music ensembles. Currently, he performs at local theaters, is a member of Big Band Nouveau in Grand Rapids, and collaborates with artists in Indonesia and Syria.

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Anthony Healy

  • Master of Music, Piano Performance, Jazz Studies, Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Music Education, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
  • The Boston Conservatory, Special Programs Division, piano studies

Anthony Healy is a native of Boston, Massachusetts.  Before moving to Kalamazoo to pursue a master’s degree in jazz performance at Western Michigan, Anthony worked as a teacher in the Belmont, Needham, and Westborough school districts, where he taught grades 6-12 choral and general music.  He also maintained a private piano studio of over 30 students.

Anthony studied classical piano in Boston under Inna Muravnik before attending Ithaca College to earn a degree in music education with a piano performance focus, along with a minor in Italian studies.  Anthony has always been fascinated by the art of improvisation, which led him to pursue a masters degree in Jazz Piano Performance from Western Michigan studying with Jeremy Siskind.  He also had the opportunity to serve as a graduate assistant teaching group piano classes and supervising student teachers while studying at Western.  Since living in Kalamazoo, Anthony has had the opportunity to share the stage with many of today’s leading performers, including Randy Brecker, Deborah Brown, and Edward Simon.

Anthony currently serves as the Class Piano Coordinator at Western Michigan, and also teaches group piano classes through the Gilmore Education Program at Spring Valley Elementary School.  Anthony is thrilled to be joining a staff of dedicated and enthusiastic professionals at Crescendo Academy!

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