- Bachelor of Arts, Western Michigan University
Carol Corey joined the teaching staff at Crescendo Academy of Music in 1996. She was a member of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra Viola Section from 1994-2009, and she currently plays with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia.
In addition to teaching lessons, Carol Corey is employed by the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Society. She began her tenure with the KJSS in 1995 when she was offered an Internship with their Prep Strings and Training Orchestras. She is currently the KJSS Ensemble Director, Librarian and Operations Coordinator. As Ensemble Director she coordinates their five small ensembles and takes them out into the community performing programs at area schools, local nursing homes, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Communities in Schools Sites. She is also responsible for taking care of the music needs for their nine performing groups. As Operations Coordinator, she works behind the scenes making sure that programs run smoothly all year long. Since the summer of 1999 she has been coaching string quartets at Chamber Music Workshop, a local week long summer music camp. In 2011 she joined the Portage Northern Band Program as their Operations Coordinator.
Carol resides in Kalamazoo with her husband and three children.
Violin & Viola
• B.A., Western Michigan University
Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Sarah Hedlund has been performing professionally and teaching in the Kalamazoo area since 1995. She is currently a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, where, in addition to performing violin, she acts as assistant librarian. She also performs as principal second violin for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and fills in as a substitute musician for many other regional orchestras, including the Battle Creek, Traverse City and West Michigan Symphonies. She has served as concertmaster for the Kalamazoo Philharmonia for most of the last ten years.
In addition to her violin and viola studio at Crescendo Academy of Music, Sarah is also the director of the Crescendo Fiddlers (a performing folk music student group), and a member of the Crescendo Faculty Trio, along with Mark Portolese (piano) and Luke Cook (cello). She performs with the Bach to Bacharach String Quartet, providing music for weddings and receptions throughout the year as well as appearing in concert around the southwest Michigan area. She is a member of the Vireo String Quartet, in residence at Festival South in Hattiesburg, MS. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University, where she studied with Renata Knific as a violin major.