KOKOMO, Ind. – When the Indiana University Kokomo Crescendos hit the stage this Friday (May 6) in Havens Auditorium, the audience will be in for a pleasant surprise. In year’s past, the Crescendos have averaged 10 in number. This year, however, the show choir has multiplied more than six times.
The Crescendos have broadened its membership by welcoming not only IU Kokomo students, but faculty and members of the community as well. With diverse levels of musical and dancing talents, the performance group will present a wide variety of music genre in this year’s concert, “Something Old, Something New, Something Broadway, Something Fugue!” The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
IU Kokomo sophomore Bethann Duly never had real choir or dance experience, but all that changed when she took a deep breath and walked into her first class for the Crescendos. Due to scheduling late for the classes, Duly, an English major, said the counselor suggested she register for the class, and she’s glad she did.
“I’m making a lot of new friendships and learning skills I never thought I could learn – and I’m growing from that,” said Duly. “I was really scared when I first joined. I took a breath, leaped in and tried it. Everybody has been really helpful. The Crescendos is good experience for anyone, no matter what their major is in.”
Rick Alexander, director of Crescendos, is excited about this year’s group.
“We’re changing the perception of our group and what we do,” said Alexander. “We have picked up so many singers and we now have 60 singers that include students, faculty and community members! Our concert will feature hip hop, Broadway, pop and classical pieces.”
For some Crescendo members, the opportunity to continue music performance in post secondary education is a plus.
“I’ve always been in choir, ever since I could join the Kokomo Children’s Choir,” said freshman Alisha Herr, who is majoring in social work. “Having more people in the group gives us a better, bigger sound. As a whole, we get along and have no problems. We’ve pretty much done every kind of genre of music and dance moves with our performances.
Junior Andrew Crowder, a business economics major, is in his second year with the group.
“I absolutely love to sing and dance,” said Crowder. “I was in high school choir a couple of years and decided to try this. It’s a good way to meet new people and although I enjoy performing, the best part of the class is hanging out with my new friends and having fun. We all like to do it. Some members are more talented than others, but there’s no judgment. We all work together and help each other.”
It’s not too late to join the group for future concerts. Those interested should contact Alexander at email@example.com. The group rehearses from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. The group will also be practicing May 19 for performances in the parade and next concert, “Take Your Seat,” which will feature group numbers from the cinema and Broadway.
“We are in high demand,” said Alexander with enthusiasm. “We have this concert, a concert in the park with the Community Band, the Taste of Kokomo, and the Phantom Night for the Cheer Guild Ball. We will also be featured on a float in the Haynes Apperson Parade in July. With new uniforms, as well as hip hop, Broadway and modern dance, the Crescendos are set to take IU Kokomo by storm!”
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.