Crescendo has several ensemble opportunities available to our students. Ensemble membership is by teacher recommendation and/or audition. For more information on any of our ensembles, contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber Music Ensembles
Crescendo Chamber Ensembles are for students interested in exploring chamber music repertoire. Placement in a group is based on playing level and age; groups include duos, trios, quartets, quintets and more. Membership is open to students of all instruments including voice. Rehearsals culminate in a spring recital. Cost for the Chamber Music Program is $20 per one-hour coaching session. Financial aid applications are available here. To register on line, go here, or contact the office to be placed in a group.
This ensemble offers musical experiences for teens and adults with a variety of mental and physical challenges. Led by a board-certified music therapist with assistance from community teaching artists, this program provides participants with a unique opportunity to work collaboratively to learn and perform music. This grant-supported program only costs $30 per session. School-year session meets Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm. Contact the office for enrollment details.
Directed by Joanna Steinhauser, the Crescendo Fiddlers meet for class weekly during the summer months, as well as performing for several different farmers’ markets and other events throughout the summer and early fall.
Membership is open to violinists, violists, cellists, bassists, and guitarists of all ages; two to three years of playing experience is usually required to handle our repertoire, which includes fiddle tunes from the folk music traditions of New England, Appalachia, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, and China. For more information about the current session, visit our page.
Small Ensemble Coaching
Coaching for small ensembles is also available when requested by our students. Arrangements for coaching should be made with directly with the instructor. Fees for coaching vary by size of ensemble and length of the coaching session. Contact the office for more information.
Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra
The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra is a plucked string ensemble consisting of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars, and bass. The KMGO was founded in 2003 to revive the mandolin orchestra tradition in Kalamazoo. The orchestra enjoys performing a wide variety of music including classical, ethnic, and “golden era” mandolin orchestra music. The orchestra has premiered original music composed for the orchestra and has sponsored workshops with international mandolin virtuosi. The KMGO is currently directed by Philip Rugel.
Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings at 7:15 at Crescendo. Membership is by audition. Registration fee is $75 per year. For more information, contact the office or go to the KMGO website.