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Loretta Cetkovic Joins Piano Faculty

September 11, 2017 – Loretta Lanning Cetkovic has joined the Crescendo faculty as a piano instructor and accompanist. Loretta, a native of Michigan, is a pianist and teacher in Kalamazoo, MI. She manages an active studio and performs frequently in Michigan as a soloist and collaboratively with local players, such as the Con Anima Duo with cellist Igor Cetkovic. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance and Classical Languages from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Central Michigan University.

Loretta, a Founding Teacher in the Music Development Program, has taught music in private schools in Grand Rapids, in Central Michigan University’s Community Music School, and the Stella Royce Piano Camp in Grand Rapids. An avid researcher, Loretta has presented her pedagogic research at Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University, the Michigan Music Teachers Conference, the University of Michigan’s MTNA Collegiate Chapter, the Ohio Piano Teachers Association, and the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia.

A complete bio can be found here.

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New for Fall: Beginning Strings Group Class

A beginning strings group class has been added for fall 2017.

This class will provide students with the opportunity to review pieces they have learned in private lessons in an ensemble setting. Students will be placed in a class based on skill level. A variety of activities will be covered, including warm-up exercises, note reading, scale studies, and weekly performance opportunities.

Beginning violin will be taught on Monday from 5:30-6:15 beginning in the fall of 2017 by violin instructors: Sophie Petroski and Michelle Bessemer. Drop in price is $15 per class. Email information@crescendoacademy.com to register.

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Melissa Ludwa Joins Crescendo Music Together Faculty

July 26, 2017 – Melissa Ludwa will be joining Crescendo as a teaching artist in the fall. Melissa is a Certified Level I Music Together instructor, and will start off teaching our Music Together classes at Excel Dance Centre on Tuesday mornings. Recently arrived in Kalamazoo, Melissa earned a Masters in Education in School Counseling and is an Early Childhood Music Specialist.

Melissa, has fed her passion for singing by engaging in solo and ensemble work in a variety of genres and venues throughout career. While studying at Butler University in Indianapolis, Melissa participated in workshops with The King’s Singers, Rockapella, and Take 6. She has been a founding member of The Cleveland Chamber Choir as well as Kaleidosong in Cleveland and Six in the City in Indianapolis- two select vocal jazz ensembles. Additional highlights from Melissa’s musical experiences include performing at the Bay View Music Festival near Petoskey, MI; singing live with Bobby McFerrin; attending Master Classes with Diana Krall and Harry Connick, Jr.; and several seasons as an ensemble member and soloist with Encore Vocal Arts in Indianapolis. Perhaps most importantly, Melissa still sings lullabies nearly every evening to her own boys, now ages 5 and 8.

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Crescendo Faculty and Ensembles at Kalamazoo State Theater 90th Anniversary Art Hop Celebration

July 24, 2017 – Crescendo faculty and student ensembles–including the Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra and the Crescendo Fiddlers–will be featured at the September 8 Art Hop from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Start out the fall show season by celebrating with the State Theater downtown on the Kalamazoo mall and in the venue to commemorate 90 years of memories at the State Theatre and in the community.

To show our appreciation to the community for its timeless enthusiasm as we reach this milestone, we’re throwing an all-ages, free event featuring:
**Live music from the Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra, Dan Willenberg Trio, and more
**Complimentary cake cutting ceremony at 6PM and champagne toast for first 90 guests (21+) of the evening
**A chance to vote for your favorite entry of our poster contest
**“Pictures or it Didn’t Happen” photo op with Yelp!
**Wine & cheese pairing with St.Julian & The Cheese Lady while supplies last
**Local KST related art exhibits
**Enter to win tickets to upcoming events
**Full bar concessions open and available for purchase

TO SECURE YOUR ENTRY, RSVP ON EVENTBRITE HERE – http://bit.ly/2vh9oDq
For more details, continue to follow The Kalamazoo State Theatre and our event on Facebook.

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Grant Awarded by the Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP)

July 5, 2017 – Crescendo has been awarded a grant by the Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP) to support need-based scholarships for our Academic Year Chamber Music program. The mission of ACMP is to stimulate and expand the playing of chamber music for pleasure among musicians of all ages and skill levels, worldwide, by connecting people and supporting chamber music activities for individuals, groups and institutions. Since 1994, the ACMP Foundation, “has awarded more than 3,000 grants totaling over four million dollars in support of chamber music activities around the world, including home coaching for ACMP members, community music programs, chamber music workshops, and other special initiatives. These programs promote, enrich, and encourage the playing of chamber music now and for the future.”

Like Crescendo, ACMP is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. As a National Guild member, Associated Chamber Music Players is committed to making high quality arts education accessible to all.

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