Ensembles at Our School of Music

Crescendo has several ensemble opportunities available at our school of music. Ensemble membership is by teacher recommendation and/or audition.

Community Voices

Instructors: Corlis Watkins-Nass, Cindy Cross, and Kim Licavolli

Led by a board-certified music therapist and community teaching artists, this program provides teens and adults with a variety of intellectual disabilities a unique opportunity to work collaboratively to learn and perform music.

Register online or call the office at 269-345-6664.

Class Days and Times:

School-year sessions meet Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm

Fall:  October 5 – December 14
Winter:  January 11 – March 14
Spring:  April 4 – June 6

Class Fees:

This program only costs $30 per session

Grant support is provided by the Arts Fund of Kalamazoo County, a program of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation.

Crescendo Community String Orchestra

Do you play violin, viola, cello, or string bass? Want to join other string players in a chamber orchestra?

This chamber orchestra is for amateur adult string players; three or four years of instrument study is recommended. Led by Teaching Artist Dr. Joanna Steinhauser, the CCSO will rehearse weekly and present an end of session concert.

Class Days and Times:

Rehearsals are Saturdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, at Crescendo Academy of Music

Spring 2024 session meets April 6 to June 8
End of session concert on June 9

Class Fees:

$150 for a 10-week session

Crescendo Fiddlers

Director: Timothy Cuffman

Director Dr. Timothy Cuffman teaches folk fiddle music, which includes fiddle tunes from the folk music traditions of New England, Appalachia, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, and China. In addition to weekly classes, the Crescendo Fiddlers perform throughout the summer at regional folk music festivals, community events, and farmers’ markets.

Two to three years of playing experience is usually required to handle our repertoire.

Class Days and Times:

Monthly academic-year fiddle club meets the second Saturday of the month from 1:00-2:00 pm

Summer Fiddlers meets June 17 – August 12

Beginning class: Mon, 6:00-6:30
Advanced class: Mon, 6:30-7:30

Class Fees:

Monthly Fiddle Club is $20 per class

Summer Fiddlers is $115 for Beginners class; $175 for Advanced class

Chamber Music Ensembles

Crescendo Chamber Ensembles are for students of all instruments including voice 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. Rehearsals will culminate in a recital.

To be considered for ensemble placement, complete an Inquiry Form.

Class Fees:

Fee is based on the number of rehearsals for each group; $20  per 60-minute rehearsal.

(Students not currently taking private lessons at Crescendo will also be charged an annual $20 registration fee.)

Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra
Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra

The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra is a plucked string ensemble consisting of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars, and bass. Membership is gained by audition.

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.

Class Days and Times:

Tuesday evenings at 7:15 pm

Class Fees:

Registration fee is $75 per year