Faculty

                                                              Come grow in creativity with us!

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.

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Eliott Turner, Guitar/Ukulele/Composition/Music Theory

Elliott Turner came to Northern Colorado in 2018 to pursue a Master's of Music in Jazz Composition at the University of Northern Colorado, and quickly fell in love with the natural and musical landscape endemic to the region. A composer and guitarist by trade, Elliott has composed for various ensembles, including orchestra, big band, jazz combo, choir, and many others. He has won the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer award 2 years in a row (2019, 2020) for his big band originals "Can't Even Feel The Blues" and "Alternative Facts", and has played guitar with rock group Nelsen and various jazz groups in the region. Other than guitar and composition, Elliott enjoys directing the church choir and playing organ at Berthoud First Presbyterian Church, and loves working with children through music and behavioral health at Hopelight Behavioral Health and Crescendo Fine Arts Academy. When he is not writing, performing, hiking, or working with kids, he is spending time with his wife, Keigan, and cat, Todd.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.