Crescendo North America is a movement of Christian artists in classical music, jazz and other art fields. We are part of the global network of Crescendo International.
We network, inspire and strengthen artists through a wide variety of projects such as meetings, conferences, forums, concerts, and workshops.
We encourage professional musicians, artists, and students to allow themselves to be guided by God in their life and work.
How we live out this vision always looks a little different from place to place. There are artist network meetings, musicians prayer meetings, play & pray, and of course various musical and artistic projects.
Crescendo North America is organized in hubs in major cities, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fargo ND, Los Angeles, Montréal, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and with new cities beginning programs regularly. To become part of the Crescendo movement, please sign up with the Christian Musician’s Link! We will be happy to connect you with other Crescendo musicians in your area.
Crescendo North America presents and integrates the Gospel within the world of Arts and Culture in authentic and relevant ways.
Crescendo North America brings a vibrant Christian movement to musicians and artists to help them become part of a praying, seeking, and sharing fellowship.
Crescendo North America collaborates with churches and other Christian organizations in and through the Arts.
Crescendo North America is part of Crescendo International, a Christian movement made up of professional musicians and music students as well as other artists. We work alongside cultural institutions and Christian churches of all denominations.
Founded in 1985, Crescendo has since grown into an organization operating on a world-wide scale. The international office is located in Basel, Switzerland. Crescendo is part of the Swiss interdenominational movement (and association) Campus für Christus / Agape Europe / Cru.
What we do
We NETWORK musicians locally, regionally, and around the world. We are happy to connect you with other Crescendo musicians in your area.
We support a network in which SERVING is a priority. Crescendo serves musicians and other professional artists in various ways. With concerts, festivals and our publications, we also aim to serve the broader society.
Our most important motivation comes from BELIEVING in the Christian message. We want to open paths to belief and to support faith. We therefore also work with churches of all denominations - and SERVE them through high quality art.
Networking professional Christian musicians around the world through...
Local, regional, & international groups, meetings, conferences
Christian Musicians Link, an international list of Christian musicians
Facebook and social media
Supporting musicians in their faith and profession through…
Prayer groups in orchestras, opera companies, choruses, wind and chamber ensembles, and music schools
Personal mentoring and counseling
Regional and international conferences
Weekly TUNE Ins, spiritual messages for artists sent via email
Reaching out to the wider cultural world through…
Founding and supporting local musician’s groups
Crescendo Forums, low key meetings for musicians & other artists
Books, Concerts, Art Festivals, House Concerts
Crescendo Jazz activities
Serving churches, Christian ministries, other artists through…
Night of Faith: A Festival for Art & Church, a city-wide project with Christian artists (actors, dancers, film makers, musicians, etc.)
PLAY & PRAY: Developing new modes and methods of worship and intercession through improvisation
REAL FAITHBOOK: Jazz scores of 200 hymns
Ministries in Africa such as “Music Road Rwanda” and Summer Institute in South Africa
Collaboration with other arts organizations, such as ARTS+
Outreaches in prisons, hospitals
Crescendo North America is organized in hubs in major cities: Boston, New York City, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Montreal, with new cities beginning programs regularly. To become part of the Crescendo movement, please sign up with the Christian Musicians Link! We will be happy to connect you with other Crescendo musicians in your area.
Ellen Rose was Principal Violist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra 1980-2017. She presents recitals and masterclasses. Since 1980, she has been on the faculty of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Specialized in French repertoire, soprano Mariane Wottrich has presented recitals, masterclasses, and workshops across the nation and abroad. She recently joined North Dakota State University as assistant professor in voice and opera.
Dr. Steven Gross is Professor of Horn and Head of the Wind, Brass and Percussion Area at the University of California - Santa Barbara. He is a former member of the Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, and for 24 years, Principal Horn of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
Pascal Salomon is a concert pianist, founder of Salomon Music Academy, and Church Music Director in Santa Barbara, California. His background includes faculty at Geneva Conservatory of Music in Switzerland, faculty at Westmont College Santa Barbara, and collaborator for Crescendo International.
Cellist MaryGrace Bender pursues a multi-faceted career in performance, recording, and music education. Bender is a Suzuki teacher leading a full studio of students in the Nashville area. She also records for various local Nashville recording studios and is the founder of the Nashville Chamber Music Society and THE JOY PROJECT.
Heather Martin Bixler is a classical violinist and Irish fiddler whose playing has taken her all over North America, Europe, and Asia. A graduate of Indiana University, The Juilliard School, and University of Memphis. She has performed in many major concert halls including Musikverein in Vienna and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Throughout her tenure with the orchestra, she has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.
Conductor Anthony Spain has been Music Director of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra (NWSO) since 1987. Under his direction, the NWSO has been committed to the community and local composers and have garnered eight National ASCAP awards for “Programming of Contemporary Music,” and been
featured several times on National Public Radio.
Actively involved in musical worship ministry for over twenty years, Ben Ewert, baritone, is currently the Minister of Worship at First Baptist Church Vancouver. He has been privileged to lead music and worship arts programs in non-denominational, Baptist, and Anglican churches both in Canada and the UK, and as precentor of the chapel at Churchill College, Cambridge.