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Crescendo Receives Grant from Irving S. Gilmore Foundation

November 28, 2017 – 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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Mando for Kids Class Added

November 2, 2017 – The first Mando for Kids class will meet on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 6:45 from November 14 to December 19. John Hosley and Douglas Sneddon will be team-teaching this class.

Cost for the 6-week class is $90. Developed by Laura Norris, the Mando for Kids curriculum was designed to introduce elementary school children to the mandolin as a classical instrument. Instruments will be provided for this class. For more information or to register, contact the office at information@crescendoacademy.com or 269-345-6664.

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New Music Together Classes and Location

November 2, 2017 – Crescendo has just added new Music Together class times and a new Music Together location: Monday, 6:00 pm at Crescendo and Friday, 9:30 and 10:30 am at Academy of Dance Arts – Dance and Apparel. Full details and registration available here.

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Alfredo Balcacer Joins Crescendo Teaching Faculty

October 10, 2017 – Alfredo Balcacer has joined Crescendo as an acoustic and electric guitar instructor. Alfredo is a guitarist and educator from the Dominican Republic, currently living in Kalamazoo, MI. He graduated with a degree in Music Performance from Utah State University, and is currently finishing his masters degree in Music Performance at Western Michigan University. After coming to the United States, he has studied with Corey and Mike Christiansen, Fareed Haque, Tom Knific, Pat Martino, Bryan Baker, Fred Hamilton, Ed Simon, among others.

Alfredo has performed in the USA, Brazil, Canada and the Dominican Republic, and taught guitar privately for 8 years back in his home country, both in high-schools and at his private studio. Besides being a former member of the award-winning groups such a Gold Company Vocal Ensemble, USU Jazz Orchestra, WMU Jazz Orchestra and Mas Que Nada Latin Group, Alfredo is also a recipient of scholarships by the Dominican Republic Government, Utah State Caine College of the Arts and WMU Department of Music.

For the past 10 years, Alfredo has performed and collaborated with many artists such as Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Corey Christiansen, George Garzone, Peter Eldridge, Cedric Dent, Jeremy Siskind, Deborah Brown, and Tom Knific, among others. As attendee to many masterclasses, he has performed with John Scofield, Chico Pinheiro, Julian Lage, Peter Bernstein, Steve Kovalcheck and Philip Catherine.

You can see Alfredo perform here and here.

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Chamber Ensembles Now Forming

September 25, 2017 – Crescendo is now forming chamber ensembles for the 2017-2018 school year! All strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, and vocal students are welcome. New this year, we are offering jazz ensembles, too! Sign up online here or contact the office to be placed in an ensemble. More details can be found on our website.

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