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Olga Ziabrikova

Master of Music from Western Michigan University Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance and Education from Astrakhan State Conservatory in Astrakhan, Russia Olga is originally from Moscow, Russia. She has played with numerous orchestras, including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Pensacola Symphony Orchesta and the Southwest Michigan Symphony.  She is currently a member of the…     Read More

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Joanna Steinhauser

Doctor of Musical Arts, Violin Performance, Louisiana State University Master of Music, Violin Performance, Michigan State University Bachelor of Arts in Music, Kalamazoo College Dr. Joanna Steinhauser is a devoted violinist and educator residing in Kalamazoo, Michigan since 2010.   A violin instructor at Crescendo Music Academy in Kalamazoo and The Citadel Music and Dance Center…     Read More

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Mark Portolese

Violin/Piano B.M., Illinois Wesleyan University M.M., University of Michigan Mark Portolese is an active violinist and pianist in the Western Michigan area. He is Acting Concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony for the 2017-18 season and will return to his normal position of Associate Concertmaster for the 2018-19 season. He is also Associate Principal Second…     Read More

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Audrey Lipsey

Violin • B.A., Western Michigan University • Graduate work, University of Michigan • Child Development Associate Certification Audrey Lipsey has been teaching violin for over 40 years and has been the Executive Director of Crescendo since 2000. She was Associate Concertmaster for the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Audrey performs widely in the community with…     Read More

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Sarah Hedlund

Violin & Viola Director, Crescendo Fiddlers • B.A., Western Michigan University Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Sarah Hedlund has been performing professionally and teaching in the Kalamazoo area since 1995. She is currently a full-time musician with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra (Muskegon). She also performs as principal second violin…     Read More

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