Crescendo Fiddlers

The Crescendo Fiddlers was formed by faculty member Sarah Hedlund in 2006, to give violin students the opportunity to explore their interest in folk fiddle music. Since then, the group has grown to include not just violinists but violas, guitar and bass. Membership has always spanned multiple generations: currently, the youngest member is seven years old, and the oldest is seventy! Their music also spans multiple cultures, from American to Celtic to Swedish to Chinese fiddling styles.

Now led by Joanna Steinhauser, the Fiddlers have become a sought-after group on the Kalamazoo folk music scene, performing at Farmers’ Markets in Kalamazoo, Springfield, Athens, Vicksburg, Richland and Texas Township, as well as for the Oshtemo Historical Society, the VanBuren Historical Society, the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital, and the Scotts Harvest Festival and Old Time Steam Show.

The group has been featured in several Kalamazoo Art Hops and performs at the KIA Art Fair and at Bronson Park Fridays. The Fiddlers were featured for the first time at the Wheatland Music Festival in Remus, MI last fall.

Equally comfortable with educational outreach, members of the Fiddlers have done demonstration classes for the Westwood CRC Fine Arts Camp and the KPS Young Fives summer school program.

The Crescendo Fiddlers perform free of charge as representatives of Crescendo Academy of Music. To inquire about bookings, call or email our office. Membership in the Fiddlers is open to violin, viola, cello, and string bass players of all ages. Two to three years’ playing experience is usually necessary to handle our repertoire. Fiddle Club runs September 2018 – June 2019, meeting on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Drop in cost for each fiddle club meeting is $15.

Summer 2019 fiddle class will meet on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 from June 24 – August 19 in Crescendo’s Jill and Dan Christian Ensemble room. Cost for the summer session is $200.


To sign up online, go here.


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