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May 30 - June 4, 2023


Wheaton College campus

in Wheaton, IL

Following Crescendo International’s 2023 theme of renewal, we will evaluate the need for renewal in ourselves, our culture, our Crescendo hubs, and our churches. How can we, as Christian artists, spark these kinds of renewal in our own communities?


Join us in Crescendo’s community as we seek renewal from the Holy Spirit through supporting one another, challenging one another, and together seeking to follow His leading to further the Kingdom of God in our vocations.


$395 per person

Price includes lodging, meals,

and all retreat sessions


Scholarships available

upon request

$150 deposit required

to reserve your spot

**Virtual viewing option now available!**

  • Who can attend?
    This retreat is open to ALL who are Christian professional musicians or music students, whether you are connected to a Crescendo Hub or not. Friends and members of Crescendo who are not musicians are also welcome to attend!
  • Why should I attend this retreat?
    This retreat is for you if you are a professional musician or music student who wants to... spiritually nourish the connection between your musical vocation and your faith be with like-minded people who are fellow Christians (of various denominations) and musicians (in various professional work fields) be encouraged and strengthened in your vocation for the Kingdom be a part of the global network of committed Christian professional musicians challenge yourself and others to be salt and light within the intersection of the Christian life and art experience spiritual renewal in yourself, for your workplace and community, and for the church
  • What if I’m a local to Chicago and want to participate?
    We welcome you! If you do not plan to stay in Wheaton College campus housing, the cost is $195. We encourage you to eat meals (which are covered) and enjoy all sessions with us.
  • Can my child come?
    If you would like your child to attend, please email our Administrative Assistant Kristen van Dyck ( to discuss this. You will be expected to pay for the child’s meals and lodging (if an additional room is needed). It is required (by Crescendo and Wheaton) that anyone who brings a child under 18 must be responsible for their child at all times.
  • When is the registration deadline?
    The deadline to register for the retreat is May 1. If you have any questions or need additional time, please email our Administrative Assistant Kristen van Dyck (
  • What does my tuition cover?
    Double occupancy room (single occupancy rooms available for an additional fee), which includes bed and bath linens All meals provided on campus (can accommodate dietary restrictions) Afternoon snacks and beverages All workshops, sessions, and worship services
  • What does my tuition NOT cover?
    Tuition does not include airfare/travel or if you choose to purchase any additional meals/beverages in downtown Wheaton.
  • How do I pay?
    When you register for the retreat, you will be required to initially pay for the $150 deposit (non-refundable after May 1). The remainder of your tuition must be paid in full by May 1, 2023, which can be paid on your registration page. Credit card or check is accepted. Scholarships are available upon request (see "Financial Aid/Scholarships").
  • Where do I mail my check?
    Please make checks payable to: Cru In the memo line, write "0680817 - CNA Retreat" Mail your check to: Kristen van Dyck 703 W. 5th Street, Apt. 4 Red Wing, MN 55066 When Kristen (Admin. Assistant) has received your check, she will email you a confirmation.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships
    Financial aid is available in the form of a work study scholarship. Work study assignments involve assistance with check-in/out, setting up the stage, preparing food and beverages for break time, and other needed areas of assistance. To apply for a scholarship, please email the Administrative Assistant Kristen van Dyck ( with the subject: Financial Aid.
  • Can I receive a refund?
    The $150 deposit is non-refundable after May 1. Tuition refunds are permitted if you decide not to attend. If the retreat has to be canceled for any reason, all deposits will be refunded in full.
  • What do I need to know if I fly to the retreat?
    The closest airport is O’Hare International Airport; the next closest airport is Midway Airport. To get to the Wheaton College campus, we recommend a taxi service or car rental. If you plan to rent a car, there is free visitor parking available on the Wheaton College campus. For additional travel information, please see Wheaton College’s information on traveling to campus.
  • What do I need to know if I drive to the retreat?
    If you plan to drive, there is free visitor parking available on the Wheaton College campus. For additional travel information, please see Wheaton College’s information on traveling to campus.
  • How will I receive further information closer to the retreat?
    Our Administrative Assistant Kristen van Dyck ( will be in frequent contact with you before the retreat to convey any important information regarding the college, the schedule, check-in, etc.



from the 2022 retreat

Genuine fellowship and connections with fellow Christian musicians, who desire to bring Christ into the field and share His love for others, genuinely. Learning and understanding more about Crescendo International and the DNA it carries into Crescendo North America. I’m so grateful to be present and witness the formation of what may take place both now and years to come.”

Fellowship with like-minded souls is great food for the heart. We do so need it.”

“There was deep fellowship with several friends that, even though we met for the first time, gave me the sense of being from the same family! This is refreshing and encouraging because of the lonely feeling most of the time.”

“It is encouraging to see so many other leaders who love both God and the arts/music. Giving us all time to both speak about our feelings and perform heart-level music was very important.”

Any additional questions? Reach out to our Administrative Assistant Kristen van Dyck at


Note: This is not a function of Wheaton College

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