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I am a strong believer that everyone should be able to have a life of music! That's why I became a teacher . Whether you're a just a beginner or an advancing student needing guidance, let's explore music together!
Artistic Director- Margaret Krowicki Montalvo
We offer group instruction with limited class size. Beginner and Intermediate classes are taught separately. Students grades 2-5 may choose to learn the violin, viola or cello. Our classes are taught by experienced music educators in the industry. If your child is joining us for the first time and already has previous playing experience, we would be delighted to assist placing your child in the appropriate class.
To provide a high quality music education and broaden lives through music!
Crescendo Strings seeks to offer the following:
Artistic Director, Master Teacher, Violinist
Mrs. Montalvo earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Psychology and Violin Performance with an emphasis in Violin Pedagogy. A native of New York City, Mrs. Montalvo began to study the violin at the age of nine. Upon recommendation from her first music teacher Mr. Kott from P.S. 321, she was offered a scholarship to study with Herb Steiner, and then attended New York City’s famous High School of Music & Art. During her pre-college years she was the Concertmaster of the High School of Music & Art (also known as the “FAME” school), and Assistant Concertmaster in All-City Orchestra. During this time she studied privately with Russian Violinist Galina Heifetz and was coached by Enrico DiCecco of the New York Philharmonic. Upon graduating from High School, she attended the Manhattan School of Music on a talent Scholarship and studied with world renowned violin professor and pedagogue, Burton Kaplan. While at MSM she attended master classes with concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Glenn Dicterow, and internationally renowned soloist Henryk Szering. She then went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hunter College and studied the traditional methods in Violin Pedagogy of Paul Rolland and Mimi Zweig during her Graduate Assistantship at Florida Atlantic University, where Mrs. Montalvo was also concertmaster of the University Symphony. Certified in the Suzuki method, she served as Director of Early Elementary Strings and Chamber Music at the Pine Crest School of Boca Raton, and later after moving to Ft Myers, went on to holding the position of Adjunct Violin Professor at Edison College. A certified music educator and experienced adjudicator with conservatory training, Mrs. Montalvo has been no stranger to the life as a freelance musician, performing with a number of local orchestras including the Southwest Florida Symphony and the Miami Symphony.
Mrs. Montalvo began working with the School District of Lee County in 2005, at which time she started an Elementary Orchestra at a Title 1 school which was followed in numerous articles by the media. This orchestra hosted a private performance and meeting with the distinguished guest and writer, Rashida Ali. She later joined the staff at Edison Park Creative & Expressive Arts School, where her talented students have performed locally throughout the community. The Edison Park Chamber Group was formed by Mrs. Montalvo in 2007, and has begun a legacy of its own. This select ensemble of highly gifted students was the first elementary string ensemble to ever perform at All-County Orchestra and has also performed for distinguished guests and audiences including, Dr. Ben Carson at the Carson Scholars Banquet, concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Arturo Delmoni, world renowned animal handler Jack Hanna, and for the Inauguration of the Mayor of the City of Fort Myers.
In 2010, Mrs. Montalvo was awarded with “Subject Area Teacher in Music” in Lee County, and has been a nominee of the distinguished Golden Apple Teacher award. She also served as All-County Orchestra Co-Coordinator for 2 years. She attended the teacher training seminar for the newly released “Mark O’Connor Violin Method” for which she now holds a certificate of completion. The String program at Edison Park was honored with a new composition written expressly for the students under her direction titled “Priceless Mandala” by Dr. DeSena, composer and Professor emeritus of electronic music from the University of Miami. “Priceless Mandala” was premiered in 2010, a multimedia performance which showcased a collaboration of art work created by the students. In January 2011, Mrs. Montalvo was appointed Director of the “Youth Sinfonia” for the Southwest Florida Youth Orchestras of the Southwest Florida Symphony.
Mrs. Montalvo later relocated to Suwanee, GA where she directed and implemented a new curriculum for Afterschool Elementary Strings Orchestra students at select Elementary Schools in metro-Atlanta, Crescendo Strings Academy of Music.
David Metrio, is a graduate of is currently the Director of Orchestra at Lanier High School. He earned his bachelor degree in Music Education from Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Kennesaw, GA. He has studied double bass under Dr. James Barket (Kennesaw State), Mr. Joseph Mcfadden (Atlanta Symphony), Mr. Michael Kurth (Atlanta Symphony) and Ms. Anna Huthmaker. Mr. Metrio has performed with several orchestras in the Atlanta area such as the Georgia Symphony, the Kennesaw State University orchestra, the Gwinnett Symphony, and the Emory Symphony. Since 2015, Mr. Metrio has served as president of the KSU chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Mr. Metrio was a teacher for the KSU strings project from 2014-2016. He was the lead teacher for the 4th and 5th grade orchestra program at Pitner Elementary School in Cobb County, Georgia.
While in high school, Mr. Metrio Interned as assistant to the Director at Crescendo Strings Academy, an after school elementary orchestra program in Gwinnett County, Georgia. While at KSU, Mr. Metrio served as head intern and librarian for the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, the largest youth orchestra network in the southeast, and assistant librarian for the Georgia Symphony.
David Metrio is currently the Director of Orchestras at Lanier High School in Buford, GA. He also serves as the conductor for the Georgia Youth Symphony Camerata Orchestra.
Metrio earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Kennesaw State University. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Education degree from the Florida State University.
Metrio is the Treasurer for the Georgia Music Educator’s Association 13th District, where he also coordinates the District Honor Orchestra. At the state level, Metrio is the Membership Ambassador for Georgia’s chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association. He has also served as the clinician for GMEA's 6th and 13th districts' 6th grade honors orchestra. In 2019, Mr. Metrio had the privilege of co-presenting a session at the GMEA conference titled “Building a Collaborative Environment Between Student Teacher and Supervising Teacher”, and has been invited to present the same session at the 2019 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL.
In his free time, Mr. Metrio considers himself to be a traveler and an avid foodie. He is a resident of Suwanee, GA with his beloved Shit-Zu, Mozart.
Joseph Trunk was born in West Palm Beach Florida and at the age of thirteen, began studies with world-renowned bassist Dr. Lucas Drew, Professor of Double Bass at the University of Miami. Upon graduation from High School, he attended the University of Miami where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree, Magna Cum Laude, with specialties in Double Bass Performance, Orchestral Music Performance, Western Music History and Theory and Composition. Joseph graduated first in his class, achieved Presidents’ Honor Roll four of seven semesters, Deans’ List the other three, was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, received the String Program Directors award for outstanding academic achievement in his field, and awarded as an Annual University of Miami Honors Day Honoree for attaining highest academic achievement in the University. After a successful undergraduate program at the University of Miami, he continued as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Miami. Joseph scored the highest ever on an entrance exam to the music school and as such, Joseph was enrolled in all honors level courses and graduated top of his academic class with a Master of Music Degree, Magna Cum Laude. During summers between academic school years, Joseph was enrolled at Eastern Music Festival and Brevard Music Festival, achieving outstanding academic orchestral performance and accolades.
Since graduation, Joseph has been a professional symphony orchestra musician and earned his Professional Educators Certificate in Music. He has played the Double Bass in numerous symphony orchestras throughout Florida including the Naples Philharmonic and Principal Bass with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. He has been called to sub and has performed with the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Philharmonia London and the Toronto, Prague, Hague and Czech Symphonies. Joseph has also performed on recordings with Erich Kunzel, the Moody Blues, Ray Charles, James Taylor and Roberta Flack. He was also the Assistant Editor to Lucas Drews’ newly revised editions of the Simandl Double Bass Method Books I and II, and appeared on pedagogical method recordings
Joseph has enjoyed teaching in private and public schools as well as a private studio on the college and pre-college levels. He has been the program writer/host for locally produced concerts on WGCU 90.1 since 2002, and also records concerts in his spare time.
In Gwinnett County, Mr. Trunk has also conducted the Korean Church of Atlanta Youth Orchestra in Duluth Ga, in addition to Co-Directing the "Blazing Bows Youth Symphony" in Gwinnett County.
Orchestra Teacher and Violinist
Katherine DelBosque received her Bachelor’s degree in music education and violin performance from the University of Georgia where she was a student of Dr. Michael Heald. She spent the last three years teaching middle school orchestra at Armstrong Middle School in Plano, Texas as the head director where her groups consistently scored superior ratings on stage at contests. Prior to being a head director in Plano, Katherine had the opportunity to work with a couple of wonderful directors as the assistant orchestra director at two schools in the same district. Katherine spent a year teaching strings at three elementary schools in Central Bucks School District in Pennsylvania and spent two and a half years teaching elementary students strings for the UGA String Project. While in college, Katherine received the J. Kimball Harriman Scholarship, which is given to an outstanding student in music education. Katherine recently moved to Buford, Georgia where she resides with her husband and young daughter. In her free time Katherine enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, reading, and baking.
Co-Teaching Artist and Double Bassist
Patrick Faulkner has performed in concert halls internationally with graduates, students, and faculty members from The Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School, Colburn School, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New York University, Northwestern University, The Royal Academy of Music, UCLA, USC, and Yale University. Past concert engagements include collaborations with The New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, The American Youth Symphony in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Young Artists Symphony Orchestra in UCLA Royce Hall, and at The Mozarteum during The Salzburg Festspiele. Patrick has also collaborated with India Carney (a contestant from The Voice), Mario Jose (a winner of The Sing Off), members of Heifetz International, and Berklee College of Music Alumnus at The Village Studios in Santa Monica. Patrick started his musical studies as Principal Double Bass of The Florida Music Educator Association’s All-State Orchestra. Patrick held principal and section positions with numerous youth symphonies throughout the Florida region, including The Florida Music Educator Association's All-State and All-County Orchestras. He received a Master Musician designation when he was a Freshman in High School. During the summers, he attended the Florida State University’s Orchestra Camp, where he studied with Dr. James Barket. After attending International Baccalaureate and Performing Arts High Schools, Patrick accepted a near full tuition scholarship to The Johns Hopkins University. While studying in Baltimore, Patrick was designated as Principal Bass of The Johns Hopkins University Chamber Orchestra by Yale Alumnus and Assistant Conductor of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Mulligan. During the summer of 2012, Patrick studied at The Eastern Music Festival on scholarship. Shortly after, he transferred to The Manhattan School of Music, where he studied on scholarship with The Principal Double Bass of The New York Philharmonic and Head of Double Bass studies at The Juilliard School. Following studies in New York, he held an internship with The Asheville Symphony, where he helped produce the first annual Asheville Amadeus Festival. The guest artist in residence was Seven Time Grammy Award Winning Pianist Emanuel Ax. Shortly after, he moved to Los Angeles to continue studies at UCLA and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While residing in Los Angeles, he performed with The American Youth Symphony, Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, Crossroads EMMI School Chamber Orchestra, and Kaleidoscope Conductorless Orchestra. He also worked as an intern for a startup where he was in direct communication with the CEO and member of Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2016. For a short time, he also held an internship for the music management company of Galantis, Kaskade, and Rufus Wainwright. While living in San Francisco, he performed under the baton of Leon Fleisher, Alumnus of Yale University, and The Colburn School. In the summer of 2017, Patrick studied on scholarship with an Alumna of The Berliner Philharmoniker Karajan Academy and Menuhin School in Germany. Immediately after, he studied with the President and Artistic Director of The International Sperger Society and Competition at the Mozarteum, during the Salzburg Festspiele, where he received a Diploma. He also worked under the baton of Bruno Weil. In 2017, he also had the distinction of being designated as an alternate for The Music Academy of The West. Patrick has performed in masterclasses for faculty members from The Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School, and University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. He has also performed for the first grand prize winner of The Inaugural Bradetich International Solo Competition, Assistant Principal Bass of The Metropolitan Opera, The Principal Bass of The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Principal Bass of The LA Opera, and the Bassist for Time For Three. Additionally, he has studied with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony. Principal teachers have included Principal Bass of The Florida Orchestra, Principal Bass of The New York Philharmonic, Associate Principal Bass of The Baltimore Symphony, and Principal Bass of The San Francisco Symphony.
As a scholarship recipient, Patrick has attended The Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and San Francisco Conservatory.
Patrick also has experience as an educator. While studying in Baltimore, Patrick taught students in The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids Program. While studying in Los Angeles, he performed with The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra at The Salvation Army Bell Homeless shelter. He also performed with members of The Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in the Take A Stand Convention at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He has also performed in jazz sets at The Baked Potato in Hollywood, and Fat Cat in New York’s West Village. While a student at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he tutored mathematics to elementary students in The Tenderloin District, a Title 1 funded school, twice a week under the San Francisco Education fund.
In the beginning of 2018, Patrick worked in Boston at a late stage e-commerce startup, founded by alumni from MIT and Carnegie Mellon University. While working in Boston’s Financial District full time, Patrick studied independently in the libraries of Harvard, MIT, and Boston University. He also attended concerts on the campus of Harvard University. He had the opportunity to meet Harvard faculty member Esperanza Spalding after her songwriting workshop. He also frequently rehearsed with students at The Berklee School of Music.
Growing up, Patrick was very active in sports. During his spare time, you can find him at the gym.
High School Interns for 2019 - 2020
Esteban Lazaro - Cello
Kassie Montalvo - Violin
Crescendo Strings offers a unique and rewarding opportunity for H.S students to work under the tutelage of our Director. Interested? Please contact us via email for an application!