Category Archives: Faculty

Scott Robbins

  • Master of Music, Music Education, VanderCook School of Music, Chicago
  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education, Western Michigan University

Scott Robbins has nearly 30 years as a music teacher at Kalamazoo Public Schools. He has also taught at Chamber Music Workshop, Birch Creek Music Performance Camp, and KPS Summer Band and Orchestra. He has performed with the WMU Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Orchestra; the Otsego Jazz Ensemble; the St. Joseph Community Band; West Shore Symphony; and Grand Rapid Symphony.

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Alfredo Balcacer

  • Master of Music, Music Performance/Jazz studies Western Michigan University (expected graduation December 2017)
  • Bachelor of Music, Music Performance with a certificate in guitar pedagogy, Utah State University
  • Studies in Music Performance, National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Alfredo Balcacer is a guitarist and educator from the Dominican Republic, currently living in Kalamazoo, MI. He graduated with a degree in Music Performance from Utah State University, and is currently finishing his masters degree in Music Performance at Western Michigan University. After coming to the United States, he has studied with Corey and Mike Christiansen, Fareed Haque, Tom Knific, Pat Martino, Bryan Baker, Fred Hamilton, Ed Simon, among others.

Alfredo has performed in the USA, Brazil, Canada and the Dominican Republic, and taught guitar privately for 8 years back in his home country, both in high-schools and at his private studio. Besides being a former member of the award-winning groups such a Gold Company Vocal Ensemble, USU Jazz Orchestra, WMU Jazz Orchestra and Mas Que Nada Latin Group, Alfredo is also a recipient of scholarships by the Dominican Republic Government, Utah State Caine College of the Arts and WMU Department of Music.

For the past 10 years, Alfredo has performed and collaborated with many artists such as Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Corey Christiansen, George Garzone, Peter Eldridge, Cedric Dent, Jeremy Siskind, Deborah Brown, and Tom Knific, among others. As attendee to many masterclasses, he has performed with John Scofield, Chico Pinheiro, Julian Lage, Peter Bernstein, Steve Kovalcheck and Philip Catherine.

You can see Alfredo perform here and here.

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John Hosley

Retired after 34 year career as a research associate beginning with the Upjohn Co. in 1983, and continuing through its transitions to Pharmacia, Pfizer, and finally Zoetis, John Hosley has begun a second career teaching guitar and mandolin.

John studied classical guitar with Miles Kusik beginning in the mid-1980s, studied plectrum guitar in the 1990s, and began studying classical mandolin in the 2000s. John was one of the founding members of, and guitarist turned mandolinist for, the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, and is a member of the Classical Mandolin Society of America. John performs as both mandolinist and guitarist as a member the Third Coast Ensemble and the Parlor Guitar Ensemble.

John is also the lead instructor for Crescendo’s Mando for Kids program, a group class that introduces kids to classical mandolin.

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Loretta Cetkovic

  • Master of Music, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Central Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Piano Performance and Classical Languages, Grand Valley State University

Loretta Lanning Cetkovic, a native of Michigan, is a pianist and teacher in Kalamazoo, MI. She manages an active studio and performs frequently in Michigan as a soloist and collaboratively with local players, such as the Con Anima Duo with cellist Igor Cetkovic.

Loretta completed her graduate studies at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI, studying piano performance and pedagogy with Dr. Alexandra Mascolo-David and Dr. Adrienne Wiley. While at CMU, she was awarded a graduate assistantship and inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honors society, also serving as Co-President of the MTNA Collegiate Chapter. She completed undergraduate studies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, studying piano with Van Cliburn medalist Aviram Reichert and pedagogy with Dr. Helen Marlais.

Loretta, a Founding Teacher in the Music Development Program, has taught music in private schools in Grand Rapids, in Central Michigan University’s Community Music School, and the Stella Royce Piano Camp in Grand Rapids. An avid researcher, Loretta has presented her pedagogic research at Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University, the Michigan Music Teachers Conference, the University of Michigan’s MTNA Collegiate Chapter, the Ohio Piano Teachers Association, and the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Loretta’s students have appeared in festivals, competitions, recitals, and assessments across Michigan, winning prizes for their performances in MMTA’s Student Achievement Testing, the Royal Conservatory’s Music Development Program, and the 20th/21st Century Piano Competition in Allendale, MI.

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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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