SCHOOLS ARE OPEN! REGISTRATION NOW in progress FOR FALL SEMESTER!!
SCHOOLS ARE OPEN! REGISTRATION NOW in progress FOR FALL SEMESTER!!
Now in our 11th year, Crescendo Strings Academy launched our After School Elementary Orchestra Club program in Gwinnett County in 2011. We have been proud to be Business Partners with Gwinnett County Schools, sharing our vision and Making Music Together.
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.
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.
High School Interns for 2021 - 2022
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!