Category Archives: Faculty

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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Darren Chan

  • Bachelor of Arts, Viola Performance, University of the Pacific
  • Master of Music, Violin Performance, Western Michigan University, anticipated graduation Dec 2016

Darren began his musical studies on the piano at the age of four in Taiwan, Hong Kong and then continued at the Chicago Music Institute. He later began studying the viola at the age of twelve under Clara Takarabe and Li-Kuo Chang. He graduated from the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific with an undergraduate’s degree in Viola Performance studying under violinist/violist Igor Veligan.  He was the principal violist with the University of the Pacific Orchestra. He is currently pursuing a masters in violin performance at Western Michigan University on full ride scholarship under violinist Renata Knific with the anticipated graduation in December 2016.

Darren has been teaching viola and violin for over 6 years to student age ranges from 5 to 30 at Central Valley Youth Symphony, Zion Music Academy, Cazadero Music Camp, and privately. Darren was a participant of the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy during the summers of 2011 and 2012 and while there he won the International Orfeo Music Festival Strings Prize of 2012. He was also the concert master for Opera Maya in Mexico during June of 2016.

Darren has also worked with other violinists such as Zino Bogachek, Routa Kroumovich, and violists such as Li-Kuo Chan and Roger Chase. He has played for groups such as the Townsend Opera and Vita Symphony in California as well as the Battle Creek Symphony in Michigan.  Music is Darren’s lifelong passion and he enjoys helping others learn and love music.

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