About CFAA

Crescendo Fine Arts Academy is located in Longmont, Colorado. We offer lessons and classes for a wide variety of instruments 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 performance education for all students, especially those who might otherwise lack access due to financial constraints.

We look forward to meeting you!

 

 

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Our Mission

The Crescendo Project exists to provide music and performance 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, 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 have grown to include include Hopelight Behavioral health (www.hopelightbh.org), Hopelight Fitness (www.hopelightfitness.org), Longmont CPR, and  Hopelight Recovery support groups. Hopelight 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.

Mentorships

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. For more information, please         click here to contact us.

Community Partners

CFAA partners with many individual donors, volunteers, and organizations in our mission to bring music education 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:

Faculty

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.

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.

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.

Ann Carter, Piano/Voice/Brass

Zo Manfredi, 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.

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!

Tim Cuffman, Violin

Timothy Cuffman is an active performer and teacher currently based out of Boulder, Colorado.As a performer, Cuffman currently serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the Cheyenne Symphony. He is also a member of the Fort Collins Symphony. Previously, Timothy has been Concertmaster of the Longmont Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Mansfield Symphony. Dr. Cuffman earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy with a Secondary Area in Viola from the University of Iowa in 2016. He also holds Master of Music degrees from Ohio University in Violin Performance and Upper String Pedagogy and a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Akron.

Alexandra Exeter, Piano

Alexandra is a 3rd generation protégé of Debussy, a master of French technique, and has a Bachelor's in Piano Performance from Southern Illinois University. She helps students focus on their interests, but also teaches the theory and technique needed to grow. Alexandra's greatest goal is to instill a love of music in each and every student

Valerie Vampola, Voice/Piano

Valerie Vampola is a vocalist and music journalist based out of Northern Colorado. Originally from Southern California, Valerie has performed as both a soloist and an ensemble member throughout California and Colorado, specializing in jazz, contemporary, and popular music. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies, where she was an ensemble member of Downbeat award-winning vocal jazz ensemble Northern Colorado Voices, under the direction of Kerry Marsh. She performs as a lead singer for up and coming Funk and R&B group Mojo Audio and as a jazz soloist.

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

Next Steps…

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