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Summer Solstice Jazz

January 10, 2017- Join Crescendo Academy of Music faculty and guests as we celebrate the Summer Solstice with Jazz at the Union Cabaret & Grill in downtown Kalamazoo on Wednesday, June 21 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Proceeds from this special event will go towards our scholarship fund.

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Crescendo Awarded Irving S. Gilmore Foundation Grant

December 1, 2016 – The Irving S. Gilmore Foundation has again awarded a grant to support Crescendo Academy of Music. The Irving S. Gilmore Foundation “endeavors to develop and enrich the Greater Kalamazoo community by supporting the work of nonprofit organizations that benefit Kalamazoo County residents.” This grant will be used to support general operations. Crescendo thanks the foundation for its continuing support of our work!

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Pay for lessons online!

You can now pay for your lessons or make donations at our Square store; follow the link on the left of the page.

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Matthew Matuszek Joins Teaching Faculty

November 14, 2016 – Matthew Matuszek has joined Crescendo as a trumpet instructor. Since graduating from WMU with a degree in K-12 Instrumental Music Education, he has taught at Gull Lake Public Schools, served as the Assistant Director of Bands in Plainwell Community Schools, was the Director of Bands in Forest Hills Public Schools, and has freelanced both locally and internationally. He is a stylistically versatile musician that has experience playing in classical, jazz, chamber, rock, reggae, funk, latin, hip hop, and world music ensembles.

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2016 Crescendo Cafe & Open House

August 18, 2016 – The 2016 Crescendo Cafe & Open House will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 1-4pm in the lower level of the Epic Center. This free event will feature performances by Crescendo faculty and students, food from local vendors, games and activities for children, and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s Kushner and Company Instrument Petting Zoo. “Our goal is for this event to be fun for the whole family, while showcasing the depth of programs available to children and adults alike,” said Executive Director Audrey Lipsey.

We’d like to say a special thank you to our sponsors; all sponsorship proceeds from this event go to the Crescendo Scholarship Fund. This year, The Surgical Group of Southwest Michigan is the primary event sponsor. Other sponsors include:  Bookbug, Peterson Company, Sanford Financial Services, Jeff K. Ross Financial Services, Ken Beadling Dentistry, Arcadia Benefits Group, Bright Futures Pediatrics, Park Place Read Estate, Meyer & Allwardt CPA, and Weber Specialties Company. Individual sponsors include Terry Baxter, MD and Stephen Jefferson, MD. All sponsorship proceeds go to the Crescendo scholarship fund.

Food vendors include Papa’s Italian Sausage, Martini’s, Hunan Gardens, Four Roses Cafe, Confections with Convictions, People’s Food Co-op, Theo and Stacy’s, MacKenzie’s Bakery, Shawarma King, Pop City Popcorn, Chocolatea, Mamaleelu Cold Brew Coffee, and Central City Taphouse.

Door prizes have been donated by Nature Connection, Farmer’s Alley Theater, Studio 33 Ltd. Ballroom Dance, the Barn Theater, and Bimbos Pizza. SHAR Music, a string instrument supplier, will be at the event and is offering free instrument rental time.

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