Crescendo Academy’s faculty members are highly qualified music educators. Nearly all teachers earned bachelor degrees or higher in music education or music performance. Crescendo maintains close ties with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra; KSO Artists in Residence* are KSO players who teach private students at Crescendo.

Almost all of the faculty members perform professionally in West Michigan in a variety of chamber ensembles as well as the following organizations:

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra
South Bend Symphony Orchestra
Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Southwest Symphony Orchestra
Kalamazoo Philharmonia

Current Faculty

Paul Bauer—Drum Set/Percussion
Michelle Bessemer—Violin
Caitlyn Bodine—Piano/Music Together® Instructor
Jerzy (George) Bugaj—Piano/Voice
Darren Chan—Violin/Viola
Jessica Louise Coe—Piano/Accompanist
Luke Cook—Cello/Program Assistant
Matt Cosgrove—Guitar
Cynthia Cross—Community Voices
Brent Decker—Saxophone/Bassoon/Piano/Accompanist
Mark Guthrie*—Percussion/Drum Set
Margaret Hamilton—French Horn
Anthony Healy—Piano/Accompanist
Kip Hickman*—Trombone/Baritone
Melissa Holso—Piano/Accompanist
Victoria Evans Jackson—Voice
Noah Krzan—String Bass
Audrey Lipsey—Violin/Executive Director
Stacy Little—Piano
Matt Matuszek—Trumpet
Stephanie Measzros—Flute
Sophie Petroski—Violin
Mark Portolese—Violin/Piano/Accompanist
Gabriel Renteria-Elyea*—Oboe
Corlyn Longer Schreck—Voice
Shannon Scoles—Voice
Denis Shebukhov–String Bass
Silvia Sidorane—Cello
Cathi Smits—Music Together® Cert. II Specialist
Joanna Steinhauser—Violin/Crescendo Fiddlers
Corlis Watkins-Nass—Community Voices
Abigail Weener—Violin/Music Together® Instructor
Daniel Willenberg—Piano/Accompanist
Jesse Williams—Clarinet
Marcia Working—Orff Studio/Community Voices
Jackie Zito—Mandolin

  • 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


    sign up




  • Crescendo Teachers

    professional music educators

    professional performers
    university-trained musicians