Faculty

Devon Newburn, Piano/Director

Devon is an active performer, collaborative pianist, and teacher. He also serves as Operations Director at Hopelight, and is the Outreach Minister at Longmont Church of Christ. Devon enjoys birding, hiking, reading, and improving his Spanish language skills.

Jill Parker, Piano

Jill grew up in New York, just north of NYC, and has been in CO for almost thirty years. She studied piano for 10 years and attended Hofstra University and received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing. Jill began teaching piano in 2005 when the music teacher at her son’s charter school asked her to start an after-school music program. She studied piano pedagogy with Dr. Christine Armstrong. In addition to teaching piano at her home studio and at Crescendo, Jill is a substitute teacher for the APEX home school program in the St. Vrain Valley School District. Jill is thrilled to be part of the Crescendo team!

Daniel Wheat, Guitar/Ukulele

Daniel is a Colorado native with a deep love for all kinds of music! He studied Trumpet Performance at Oklahoma Christian University, and has been playing guitar and ukulele for over 10 years. He has a passion for music, songwriting, recording, and performing, and loves to help others in their musical journeys! Daniel works in the Thompson School District as a computer teacher and is excited to be a part of the Crescendo team!

Noelani Newburn, Piano/Director

Noelani loves piano! In addition to co-directing CFAA, she directs the Longmont Community Chorus teaches voice, and Music & Me classes at CFAA. Noelani enjoys the ocean, cooking, coffee, and spending time with her family.

Zo Manfredi, Violin/Viola

Zo Manfredi has enjoyed being 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.

Dr. Manfredi has performed with the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, the Des Moines Symphony, the Fort Collins Symphony, and the Abilene Philharmonic.

Sanonna Newburn, Administrative Assistant

Sanonna graduated in the Spring of 2020 and is spending a gap year gaining work experience with Crescendo. She loves music, and plays guitar, violin, and ukulele in her spare time. Sanonna is happy to be part of the Crescendo team and is excited about helping to grow the program and provide music opportunities for kids in the community!

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.

Nancy Hernandez, Violin

Originally from Mexico, Nancy started her music studies at the age of 13. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in 2013 at the University of Veracruz under the guidance of Mikhail Medvid. She holds more than twelve years of experience as an orchestral and chamber music musician. She also has been part of the violin section of many professional orchestras in Mexico, such as Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, Boca del Río Philharmonic Orchestra, and she's been part of many other international orchestras and ensembles in France, Germany, Brazil and the United States. In 2020, she graduated with her Masters in Music Performance degree at Colorado State University under the guidance of Ron Francois. Nancy is currently a Teaching Artist at El Sistema Colorado and a new violin teacher at Crescendo Fine Arts Academy.