- Bachelor of Arts in Trumpet Performance and Voice Performance, Western Michigan University
Laura Tribby graduated with both trumpet and voice performance degrees in April 2013 and began teaching at Crescendo the following May. At WMU, she studied with Scott Thornburg (trumpet), Kenneth Prewitt, Elizabeth Stoner Cameron, and Monica Griffin Hunter (voice), and enjoyed performing in numerous ensembles, including the University Chorale, Cantus Femina, Collegiate Singers, Concert Band, Grand Chorus, Collegium Musicum, Light Bright Brass Quintet, and Birds on a Wire. She also participated in Opera Workshop for five semesters and enjoyed the roles of Nancy in Albert Herring (2011) and Ma Moss in The Tender Land (2012). In 2012, Laura spent six weeks studying opera in Graz, Austria at the American Institute of Vocal Studies. She has attended several other summer music programs/camps, such as the Oberlin Trumpet Institute, the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Culver Academy Summer Camp.
A native of Kalamazoo, Laura sang with the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus for ten years and was in the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra for two years. She began private studies with Keith Geiman and Shannon Scoles at Crescendo Academy of Music. She loves making music in Kalamazoo and frequently plays trumpet and sings in local churches. She has placed second at regional and state NATS competitions and Bach Festival Young Vocalists competitions. Other awards include honorable mention in Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Youth Soloist auditions, Bravo! Competition winner and selected soloist for a WMUK Radio Broadcast.
Laura delights in traveling and outdoor activities, such as camping and swimming, and is an avid biker, hiker, hula-hooper, and scuba diver.
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- Bachelor of Education, Western Michigan University
- Bachelor of Music, Bass Performance, Western Michigan University
Noah is a former Crescendo Academy of Music student! While at WMU he was a member of several orchestras and ensembles. He has been a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony since the age of 19. He is also a math instructor for Kalamazoo Public Schools.
Also posted in String Bass
- Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, Central Michigan University
- Bachelor of Music Education, Central Michigan University
Melissa has taught lessons through the Community of Music School at Central Michigan University for 4 years in addition to accompanying multiple ensembles, instrumentalists and vocalists. She currently works for Portage Public Schools as a Para Professional and is the Assistant Band Director for the Portage Northern High School Band program.
Also posted in Accompanist, Piano
- B.M. Flute Performance, Western Michigan University
- M.M. Flute Performance, Ithaca College
Mira Shifrin is a member of Kalamazoo Philharmonia and performs and teaches in the West Michigan area. She has taught workshops on proper breathing techniques and performance anxiety. Over the past six years, she has traveled to Canada and England to perform in master classes by Jeanne Baxtresser, Jacques Zoon, Emmanuel Pahud, and Susan Milan.
- Pursuing degree in Percussion Performance at Western Michigan University
As a performer he has performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Southwest Symphony, Bach Festival, and Western Michigan University Orchestras. In the summers of 2010 and 2011 he toured the United States with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and in the winters of 2007 and 2008 he toured with Great Lakes Percussion. Apart from teaching at Crescendo Chris currently teaches at Stevensville Lakeshore Public Schools and has also taught at various other area schools.
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