Our Stellar Staff
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Sandy Connolly is our fearless leader at Crescendo Music Loft handling all aspects of teaching in addition to running the business. Classically trained in music (opera) but having heard the southern calling of the blues, Sandy has used her musical exposure and skills to develop a unique and personalized teaching program to her students with lessons in voice, piano and music theory! Sandy brings her boundless energy to CML as well as several outside musical ventures along the shoreline running weekly open mic events in Madison when she is not busy promoting or running the many events hosted by CML each week. When not performing or teaching, Sandy loves to sharpen her pencils and organize her desk so as to feed her hefty case of
Factotum of the Loft Ted Ervin is Crescendo Music Loft’s Minister of Technology and the “go to guy” for needs regarding scheduling our rehearsal and performance space and anything related to equipment, be it backline, PA, or instruments. While we don’t hold it against him, Ted is a more than respectable bass player who is challenged to play root and tonic notes on the “1” and “3” rendering him a solid blues player in providing a terrific backbeat along with select drummers. Always in good cheer despite our near constant teasing about also being our staff attorney, Ted continues to surprise us with his restraint in muting our microphones during performances for revenge.
Kirsten Livingston is the latest addition to our talented support team here at Crescendo Music Loft bringing her 25+ years of graphic design and project management skills to our dynamic group. Ms. Livingston handles all aspects of marketing our numerous events as well as insuring that we don’t have facility conflicts with all of our musical activities. In addition, we are incredibly happy to have Kirsten to manage music student lesson preparations and scheduling which no small task is considering the increasing popularity of Sandy Connolly’s music lesson classes. When not working at Crescendo Music Loft, Kirsten practices Yoga and enjoys all foods that contain high concentrations of Cinnamon spice which has earned her the nickname of “Cinnamon Girl” by this writer.
Crescendo Music Loft is thrilled to have Lauren Walczyk on our management team. In keeping with our tradition of insuring that everybody can and does do all tasks, Lauren is proving to be no exception! While we rely on her to handle numerous aspects of our website updates and technology management needs, Lauren also handles tech support and coordination of lesson and curriculum resources for many of our students. Additionally, we rely on Lauren to publicize all of our events across countless social media platforms. Thankfully, Lauren is skilled in keeping our office equipment operational so that we don’t find ourselves offline and in the dark! When not handling our (thankfully rare) heating and air conditioning emergencies, Lauren can be seen functioning as Stage Manager
Abigail (Abi) is our youngest and most diverse management member at Crescendo Music Loft who enjoys pointing out that she rightfully could do everybody’s job but simply doesn’t have the time. When not feasting on a steady diet of Skyr Icelandic yogurt along with fresh fruit & bread with a side of dried salami, Abi handles bookkeeping and accounting for CML as well as holding down the door for our Sessions and Groove events. Abi is an accomplished musician playing a diverse collection of instruments including piano, bass, uke, saxophone, and cello. Additionally, Abi brings over 13 years of classical dance experience to us which assists her spare time passion of rock climbing (actually bouldering).
Tony is our wizard of the written word, sultan of synonyms, and the prince of prose writing copy for our press releases, posters, web and social media articles When not busy composing copy for CML, Tony can be found fooling audiences into believing that he is an accomplished piano player although that sentiment is usually clouded by the wine and beer consumed by his listeners and peers.
Ken Hickmott is our Grandmaster of Graphics joining us after relocating to Connecticut from Northern California. Ken’s experience as art director for a commercial printer as well as his exposure to package design, product labeling, financial reports and advertising materials make his wide array of talents especially attractive to our ongoing need for fresh images and message content throughout our numerous media and marketing materials. When not exercising his keyboard and mouse, Ken thrills audiences with tasty guitar playing including moments when he uses his half-full beer glass as a slide! When not spilling beer on his guitar, Ken can sometimes be seen walking along the inland waterways of Guilford seeking inspiration for his (our) next design project (if you see him, please don’t interrupt
Affectionately known to us and others as “Joey Yeah Yeah,” Joe is our Czar of Cash and Manager of all things money here at CML. Essentially, Joey Yeah Yeah keeps us from making all kinds of financial “No No’s” thus keeping our lights on and our students learning in the comforts of our wonderful loft space. When not busy keeping us on track with our balance sheet, Joe can be found behind various local bands keeping time utilizing his talents with his other passion as one of the shoreline area’s finest drummers.
Crescendo Music Loft is thrilled to announce a new staff member – Mr. John Hurley – who will serve our students as our “Lesson Lieutenant.” John will assist in reviewing and grading homework assignments and provide valuable feedback including review of Sight Reading Factory exercises. Additionally, as our “Chief Preparedness Officer,” John will record accompaniments on both piano and guitar, write music charts, transpose karaoke tracks, and lend a hand in the ongoing development of our proprietary curriculum program.
Crescendo Music Loft is pleased to introduce Ms. Melissa Greenberg as its newest staff member. Melissa will serve as our Gigabyte Guru assisting students and faculty with her information technology (IT) skills. A true Contessa of Connectibility, we are excited to add her essential skills to support continued success with our remote learning students and our increasingly popular online learning modules. When not tending to our wi-fi woes, Melissa can be found weeding her home gardens, enjoying horseback riding with her daughter, and taking care of her four-legged animal friends. Help us welcome Melissa to Crescendo Music Loft and make her feel at home in her new position.