Category Archives: Mandolin

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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Jackie Zito

  • BBA from Western Michigan University.

Jackie performs as both classical mandolinist and guitarist as a member of both the Duo Zito-Kusik and Third Coast Guitar Ensemble. She has also studied music theory and composition with Lawrence Rackley Smith. Jackie is a co-founder of the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, which is sponsored by Crescendo. She is a member of the Classical Mandolin Society of America and Editor of their newsletter.

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