August 10, 2016 – Darren Chan has joined the Crescendo Academy of Music faculty. Darren will be teaching violin and viola for us. He has graduated from the University of the Pacific with an undergraduate’s degree in Viola Performance studying under violinist/violist Igor Veligan. He is currently pursuing a masters in violin performance at Western Michigan University under violinist Renata Knific. His complete bio can be found here.
June 7, 2016 – Jessica Louis Coe has joined the Crescendo piano teaching faculty. Before 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. “I believe 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. My secondary goal with students is that they become independent musicians who are well-equipped to study, learn, and interpret music on their own. I believe 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. I would like all my students to take ownership of their art and work with them to teach them what this concept means and how to attain it.”
Her complete bio can be found here.
December 1, 2015 – 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!
October 5, 2015 – The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo has announced the 2015 Arts Fund of Kalamazoo County grant awards. Crescendo received a grant to support our needs-based scholarship program. Twenty‐five applications were submitted, requesting over $178,000 in funds, and of those, twelve were selected to receive funding
totaling $47,701.83. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Arts Fund provides support across three categories of grants; individual artists and two for 501(c)(3) arts organizations through project or operational support. Special emphasis is placed on ethnic/minority, tribal and rural communities, thereby strengthening the quality and diversity of the arts in the greater Kalamazoo community.