Category Archives: News

Rose Gifford Joins Crescendo Teaching Faculty

June 4, 2018 – Rose Gifford has joined Crescendo as a teaching artist. From Portage, Michigan, Rose graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Keyboard Performance from Western Michigan University in 2015.  While at WMU, she held the Gilmore Piano Scholarship for four years. She studied applied piano under Dr. Silvia Roederer and collaborative piano with Lori Sims, and also served on the board for the WMU MTNA Collegiate Chapter under the direction of Jeremy Siskind.

Rose graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May 2017, with her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy.  While at OU, she worked as a graduate assistant serving as instructor of record for various group piano classes and secondary applied piano lessons. Having now returned to Kalamazoo, Rose is looking forward to bringing her piano skills back to her home town.

Her complete bio can be found here.

Also posted in Events | Comments closed

Kalamazoo State Theatre to Host Jim Brickman in Concert; Crescendo to Receive Portion of Ticket Sales

May 22, 2018 – Pianist Jim Brickman is again coming to the Kalamazoo State Theatre, and Crescendo will receive $.50 of every ticket sold!

The best-selling solo pianist celebrates 2 decades of music with his Share the Love Tour. Experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year to Kalamazoo State Theatre, Saturday, February 9th. Go here to purchase tickets, or visit the State Theater box office.

Get ready for a night of emotion and humor with music that touches the heart. A personal escape with stirring solo piano hits and timeless collaborations like “Valentine,” “Angel Eyes,” and “Love of My Life.” Brickman’s engaging stage presence seamlessly blends mood and music, letting your imagination take you wherever you want it to go. Jim Brickman strikes the perfect chord of musical intimacy, compelling storytelling and audience interaction.

Bring your family, friends, or that special someone and get ready for a night of love, laughter, and music with Jim Brickman. For every ticket sold, $.50 will be donated to Crescendo Academy of Music (CAM); proceeds will be donated to our need-based scholarship fund.

BUY TICKETS – http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0800548DB76F4E69?brand=kalamazoost
VIP TICKETS – http://bit.ly/BuyJimTix
RSVP On Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/kazoostate/events/
More Information – http://www.kazoostate.com/event/Jim-Brickman
Visit The Artist’s Website – https://www.jimbrickman.com/

Also posted in Events | Comments closed

Jim Gilmore Jr. Foundation Grant for New Carpet

April 6, 2018 – The Jim Gilmore Jr. Foundation has very generously provided Crescendo with funds that allowed us to replace the nearly 18 year old carpet in our facility! This beautiful update has refreshed our space, and will last for many years to come. Thank you, Jim Gilmore Jr. Foundation!

 

 

 

 

Also posted in Events | Comments closed

Rufus Ferguson Joins Teaching Faculty

March 9, 2018- Rufus Ferguson has joined the Crescendo teaching roster! A jazz pianist based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Rufus received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Michigan University under the mentorship of Jeremy Siskind. During his tenure at WMU he has studied with artists such as Scott Cowan, Andrew Rathbun, Edward Simon, Frank Carlberg and participated in exclusive masterclasses with artists such as Fred Hersch, Kenny Barron, Barry Harris and more. He is an experienced performer, arranger, composer and teacher, specifically in the jazz genre.

Rufus got his start studying classical piano at the age of five. He became a gospel church organist at a young age and later began playing jazz piano at age 13. His dedication to being equally well-versed in multiple genres of music has afforded him many unique opportunities such as playing with Grammy-nominated and award-winning artists and groups of all genres.

Rufus arrangements and compositions has been played by many artist and groups such as, WMU Advanced Jazz Ensemble, the Rufus Ferguson Ensemble, the Nashon Holloway Band. These collaborative experiences led to opportunities to teach at The Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive in Kalamazoo, Michigan and Showchoir Camps of America at Heidelburg University in Tiffin, Ohio.

He has performed at several festivals such as the Notre Dame Jazz Festival, Elmhurst Jazz Festival, Flint Jazz Festival and the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. In May 2016, Rufus became a piano instructor at Western Michigan University where he also directs the University Jazz Lab Band.  In addition to his position at WMU, Rufus is a piano instructor for the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo, Crescendo Academy of Music and Gilmore Education Department. He is also the Jazz Band Director at Portage Northern High School and rhythm section coach for the Kalamazoo Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Also posted in Events | Comments closed

Summer Solstice Jazz ~ 30th Anniversary Event

February 5, 2018 – Join Crescendo as we celebrate the Summer Solstice and our 30th Anniversary of providing music instruction to the Kalamazoo community! Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 pm at The Union Cabaret & Grille in downtown Kalamazoo.

Musician Sponsors:

Also posted in Events | Comments closed
  • Music Instruction for All Ages & Abilities

     

     

    Our Mission:
    … to provide individualized music instruction in a positive and supportive atmosphere to all persons regardless of age, ability or income.

    Epic Center, Suite 12
    359 S. Kalamazoo Mall
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    269 / 345-6664

    Online Payments

    email

    sign up

    volunteer

    map

     

  • Upcoming Events

    November 29:
    Community Voices Open House
    Thursday, 4:00 pm
    Crescendo Academy of Music

    January 20:
    Student recitals
    Sunday, 2:00 pm
    First Presbyterian Church

     

    Follow us on Facebook

  • Mailing List Signup

    Stay up to date with Crescendo!