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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.

Watch the event page and our Facebook page for all the updates!

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Anthony Healy Joins Crescendo Teaching Faculty

September 27, 2016 – Anthony Healy has joined the Crescendo piano teaching faculty. Anthony Healy is a native of Boston, Massachusetts.  Before moving to Kalamazoo to pursue a master’s degree in jazz performance at Western Michigan, Anthony worked as a teacher in the Belmont, Needham, and Westborough school districts, where he taught grades 6-12 choral and general music.  He also maintained a private piano studio of over 30 students.

Anthony studied classical piano in Boston under Inna Muravnik before attending Ithaca College to earn a degree in music education with a piano performance focus, along with a minor in Italian studies.  Anthony has always been fascinated by the art of improvisation, which led him to pursue a masters degree in Jazz Piano Performance from Western Michigan studying with Jeremy Siskind.  He also had the opportunity to serve as a graduate assistant teaching group piano classes and supervising student teachers while studying at Western.  Since living in Kalamazoo, Anthony has had the opportunity to share the stage with many of today’s leading performers, including Randy Brecker, Deborah Brown, and Edward Simon.

More details on Anthony can be found here.

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Crescendo Awarded MCACA grant

September 16, 2016  – Crescendo Academy of Music was awarded a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs in September. This grant, funded by the State of Michigan and the National Endowment for the Arts, is competitive. The POPS grant will be used to assist in funding Community Voices, a choir of adults with special needs; increase fundraising and administrative capacity; and support our partnership with the Kalamazoo Public Schools orchestra program (under the direction of Sandy Shaw).

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Darren Chan Joins the Crescendo Faculty

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.

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