About CFAA

Crescendo Fine Arts Academy is located in Longmont, Colorado. We offer lessons and classes for a wide variety of instruments and art media for students of all ages. CFAA began in 2018 as the result of merging The Crescendo Project with several local music studios. As part of the Hopelight family of services, CFAA exists to provide music and arts education for all students, especially those who might otherwise lack access.

We look forward to meeting you!



Our Mission

The Crescendo Project exists to provide music and art classes of the highest caliber to all students, especially those who lack access to private lessons outside the classroom. Our expert instructors provide instruction in an environment that is fun and welcoming to students of a variety of ages and backgrounds.

Come join us and Grow in Creativity!

Our Family of Services

Crescendo Fine Arts Academy began in 2018. Our roots go back two years earlier, with local community music and arts classes known as The Crescendo Project. Crescendo is a branch of Hopelight Education Services, a non-profit organization based in Longmont, Colorado. The Hopelight family of services began in 2013 with Hopelight Medical Clinic, serving uninsured patients with primary medical care (www.hopelightclinic.org). Our community health programs include Hopelight Behavioral health (www.hopelightbh.org), Hopelight Fitness (www.hopelightfitness.org), Longmont CPR, and  Hopelight Recovery support groups. Hopelight Education Services also offers English as a Second Language classes and the Longmont Tutoring Center (www.longmonttc.org). All Hopelight services and programs are located on the campus of Longmont church of Christ (www.longmontcoc.org). Crescendo Fine Arts Academy is an exciting opportunity for kids in our community to learn, grow, and be creative in music and art.


Advancing students who demonstrate a commitment to the program can enter into a mentorship agreement to receive individual lessons at no charge, in exchange for assisting with supervised beginning-level classes.

Community Partners

CFAA partners with many individual donors, volunteers, and organizations in our mission to bring music and arts to our community. We are grateful for your support!

If you would like to assist CFAA in any way, please contact our office.

Community sponsors include:


Come learn with us!

Devon, Piano/Director

Devon is an active performer, collaborative pianist, and teacher. He also enjoys hiking, reading, and expanding his Spanish language skills. www.devonnewburn.com

Noelani, Piano/Director

Noelani loves piano! In addition to co-directing CFAA with her husband, Devon, she is co-director of the Longmont Community Chorus.

Aaron, Art

Aaron is an art teacher with the Saint Vrain Valley school district. He is an avid nature photographer, as well as a superb painter and sculptor. See Aaron's work online at: www.aaronspong.com

Craig, Guitar

Craig was inspired by heavy metal virtuosos like Marty Friedman and Kirk Hammett. Craig believes his three greatest teachers have been his favorite albums, his guitar buddies, and bandmates. Craig's guitar classes focus on playing our favorite songs as a gorup, and having fun while learning music theory and guitar technique.

Zo, Violin

Zo Manfredi has enjoyed much success as a performer and teacher in Canada and across the United States. She is formerly Teaching Artist of Violin and Viola at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and Assistant Music Associate of Violin at Grinnell College. In August 2015 she received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas under the direction of renowned pedagogue, Julia Bushkova, where she was awarded both a Teaching Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship.

Peggy, Art

Peggy has decades of experience painting, crafting, and sewing. Her creations inspire smiles and love in many people! While taking Peggy's art class, students can experience painting in unique mediums include mirrors and styrofoam sculptures.

Natalie, Strings

Natalie Stepaniak is a freelance musician, teacher, and sound artist. She considers herself to be a dedicated musician who believes in community through music and exploring the frontiers of what music can be. As a teacher, she works with students of all ages, backgrounds, and learning abilities. Ms. Stepaniak is currently completing a Graduate Certificate of Performance.

Jack Drumright, Percussion

Jack teaches our World Percussion class, and also teaches private drumset lessons. Student enrolled in his classes can expect to rock 'n roll!

Ann Carter, Piano/Voice/Brass

Michelle Reich, Piano

Michelle followed her love of culture and ideas to Milan, Italy, where she studied piano for several years, lived in the famous Casa Verdi, and met her husband – a fellow musician and fellow Colorado native! She has a bachelor’s in piano from the University of Colorado at Denver, and has taught at Minot State University. Making music with other people is her favorite pastime in the world, and is looking forward to sharing that with her classes.

Crescendo Fine Arts Academy began in 2018. Our roots go back to 2016 with The Crescendo Project, an after-school music and art program of Hopelight Education Services. Hopelight is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. Click here to learn more about the Hopelight family of services.

“The piano keys are black and white, but they sound like a million colors in your mind.”

Maria Cristina Mena

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