Category Archives: Voice

Jessica Louise Coe

  • Master of Music, Voice Performance Roosevelt University/CCPA
  • Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance, DePaul University

Before recently returning home to Michigan, Jessica Louise Coe studied, lived, and worked in Chicago for fourteen years.  She spent seven of those years as a teaching artist at the world-renowned Old Town School of Folk Music, teaching diverse styles of piano and voice to students of all ages and abilities.

Whether working with voice or piano students, Jessica prioritizes technical development but only as a means to an end and not the ultimate goal.  She believes the ultimate goal of learning an instrument is to have the ability to create meaningful art that impacts others, drawing from technical skills to create nuance and diverse expression based upon an understanding of the music. Jessica’s secondary goal with students is that they become independent musicians who are well-equipped to study, learn, and interpret music on their own.  She believes this is possible for every student when he or she has achieved music literacy/fluency, developed an acute aural awareness and has a working knowledge of music history and theory.  She would like all her students to take ownership of their art and works with them to teach them what this concept means and how to attain it.

A classically-trained soprano and pianist, she has performed at venues worldwide.  Early concerts as member of the North American Choral Company in Grand Rapids, MI, afforded her the opportunity to sing at the United Nations, The Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and in cities across the Netherlands.  More recently, she has appeared with companies throughout the Midwest including The Grand Rapids Bach Chorale, The Grant Park Chorus, Elgin Opera, The Chicago Chorale, Chicago Opera Initiative, Opera Grand Rapids, the Byron Colby Barn Early Music Series, and in 2013 was recognized as a National Finalist in the American Prize contest for Art Song Performance. She remains an active member of Chicago’s Vox3 Collective, The West Michigan Opera Project and will be joining the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus as section leader later in the 2016-2017 season.

Jessica is an adjunct voice professor at Aquinas College and teaches piano through The Gilmore Festival’s piano lab program in Kalamazoo Public Schools.  As pianist she has performed with pit orchestras, at auditions and rehearsals, and with The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s OperaKids! outreach program.  For more information, please visit www.jessicalouisecoe.com.

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Victoria Evans Jackson

  • Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance, Western Michigan University

Victoria Jackson received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University where she studied extensively with Dr. Ken Prewitt and Dr. Karen Kness. She has performed in numerous vocal and choral intensives both here in the U.S. and abroad, some under the direction of Susan Anthony, Patrick Dupré Quigley, and Dr. James Bass, among others. Along with free-lancing, Mrs. Jackson currently teaches Voice, and is a Music Together instructor, at the Crescendo Academy of Music in Kalamazoo, MI. She is a member of the opera chorus with Opera Grand Rapids.

 

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Shannon Scoles

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  • M.A., Vocal Performance, Western Michigan University
  • B.A., Music Education, Hillsdale College

Shannon Scoles has been teaching at Crescendo since 2002. She also serves as Adjunct Professor of aural skills and voice at Western Michigan University. She has also taught basic musicianship at WMU SEMINAR since 2006. NATSAA (National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award) winner for the state of Michigan in 2010. Shannon appeared as a featured vocal soloist with the Balalaika and Domra Association of American (traditional Russian orchestra) in 2014.

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Corlyn Longer-Schreck

  • B.A. Vocal Music – The University of Northern Iowa
  • M.M. Vocal Performance – Western Michigan University
  • Foreign Study – American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria

Residing in Kalamazoo for over 25 years as a professional singer, voice teacher and vocal coach, Corlyn also teaches voice at Kalamazoo College, Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, MI) and in the Advanced Music Theater Class through Education for the Arts and was awarded a Significant Educator Award by the Excellence in Education of Kalamazoo County. As a professional soloist, she has appeared with many regional ensembles including The Kalamazoo Symphony, The Battle Creek Symphony, The Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys in over 25 opera, oratorio, master choral works and musical theater roles.  She was a Regional Finalist, District Winner and District Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in Pittsburgh, PA and Detroit, MI, in addition to winning many state and regional competitions.

Her students consistently win awards at Michigan NATS Vocal Auditions and MSVMA District and State Solo & Ensemble, perform professionally and have appeared on ABC’s Rising Star, auditioned for American Idol and The Voice and winning several area talent competitions and pageants.  Her students have been accepted as Voice Majors and in summer programs in top programs including The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Eastman School of Music, and many of the private and public colleges in Michigan.

She and her husband, baritone Joe Schreck, are members of Aspire Ensemble – a professional vocal quartet, and have performed throughout the Midwest.  She currently also sings as professional section leader/soloist for First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo, MI.

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George (Jerzy) Bugaj

  • Doctorate of Music in Vocal Performance and Opera from West Virginia University
  • Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Opera from West Virginia University
  • Master of Music in Musicology from University of Warsaw
  • Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Warsaw College of Music

Originally  from Poland, George came to the United States in 1990. He has performed extensively in ensembles and operas in the United States and abroad. His has recorded cds of Polish and German music.

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