Music Camp Staff
CRESCENDO has been
very fortunate to have a core of counselors returning each
year. This has enabled our instruction to have continuity
and progression. Our counselors are carefully screened and
chosen because of their musical knowledge, ability to motivate
children, and the high standards they provide as role models.
Our Camper/Counselor ratio is one counselor for every six
campers which ensures quality instruction, understanding,
and personal attention to each student. Some returning counselors
BENJAMIN TYLER SIMMONDS has a Bachelor
of Arts degree from Linfield College in Music Performance
and a Bachelor of Music degree from Boise State University
in music education. Benji taught elementary music for four
years in California and Idaho and is currently the choir director
at Capital High in Boise, Idaho. Benji has been at camp since
it began in 1990 and is now the Assistant Director of Camp
- Is an award-winning composer-entertainer, toured & recorded
in Europe, and is an accomplished guitar, piano and bass instructor.
A former Boise Arts Community "fixture", JJ relocated
in ‘06 to be closer to his family in the Coeur d'Alene-Spokane
area, where he performs at Retirement Homes, schools &
churches. J.J. has never missed a session at Camp Crescendo.
His recordings are available through his website: www.jjdion.com.
He also has several videos on "youtube"!
CAROLYN STOVALL received her
Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from San Jose
State. Carolyn recently retired after a 36 year career as
a P.E. teacher. Carolyn is the Camp Crescendo Activities
Director and it will be her eleventh year at camp.
JOIE GRATTON received her Bachelor
of Arts degree in music education and Spanish at Willamette
University. She received her master's degree in music performance
and was a graduate teaching assistant working with pre-student
teachers at BSU. She is currently the choir director at Skyview
High School in Nampa. This is Joie's eleventh year at Camp
GENE CHIN hails from Penang,
Malaysia and is completing his doctoral studies in Vocal Music
Performance and Music History from the University of Oregon.
Gene is also teaching private voice at the University. He
received his master's from the "U of O" in 2004
and his bachelor's degree from Linfield College, in 2001.
This is Gene's sixth year at Camp Crescendo.
BECKA LAING is attending Boise
State University with a major in mathematics and secondary
education. She is currently on the BSU Flag Corps and led
the Boise High color guard and dance team as well. This is
Becka's fourth year at Camp Crescendo.
JULIA GROVER is attending St.
Olaf College where she is majoring in Music and Theatre, but
hopes to go on to elementary education. She is in Chapel Choir,
one of the top collegiate choirs, a Residence Life staff member,
and actively participates in departmental and student produced
theatre on campus. This is Julia's fourteenth year at Camp
and her third as a Super Mega counselor.
REBECCA HOMARD is from Des
Moines Iowa. She is attending the University of Northern Iowa
majoring in Music Education. She plays violin and viola and
has worked with youth and music in a number of settings. This
is her third year as a Super Mega at Camp Crescendo.
NATALIE STRONG is attending
the University of Idaho. She is a Marketing, Fashion, and
Textiles Major and hopes to own her own clothing store one
day. She started playing the flute when she was in the 6th
grade and continued to play for most of her high school career.
Natalie loves music, but what she's most passionate about
is theatre. This will be Natalie’s third year at Camp
JOSH OWEN is attending Idaho
State University. He has been a percussionist for many years
performing in bands, orchestra ensembles, and many percussion
ensembles. This is Josh's third year as a Camp Crescendo counselor.
MICHELLE SIMMONDS is a first
grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Nampa and has been
teaching there for the past 6 years. Before coming to Nampa
and meeting the man of her dreams, she was teaching Pre-school
for Easter Seals in Missoula, Montana. This is her second
year at Camp Crescendo.
AMY STUTZNEGGER is a music
education major at the University of Utah. Amy is in A Cappela
Choir and Flute Choir at the University. She plays the piano
and has also had many years of dance. This is her second year
at Camp Crescendo.
ANDREA SOUZA has a bachelor's
degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Music Education
and Music, with emphases in Piano and Music Theory. She has
taught music at Eagle Elementary School for three years, as
well as one year of elementary orchestra. She loves to dance,
sing, play piano, and hike. This will be her second summer
at Camp Crescendo as a Super Mega Counselor.
KELSEY LANGE is a student at
Linfield College. She is majoring in elementary education
and music. She is actively involved in choir at Linfield as
well as private vocal instruction. Kelsey has attended Camp
Crescendo for many years as a camper, and as a Jr. and Sr.
Counselor. This is her tenth year at camp and second year
as a Super Mega Counselor.
JEREMIAH BUAL is a student
at the University of Oregon. He is on the pre- med track majoring
in Biology with a minor in Vocal Performance. He is a member
of Delta Tau Delta fraternity as well as University Singers
an auditioned choir at the U of O. Jeremiah has been at camp
as a Jr. and Sr. Counselor, and now for a second year as a
WES SIMMONDS attends Covenant
College in Georgia. He is majoring in sociology as well as
working on a minor in music performance. He has been at Camp
Crescendo for thirteen years as a camper, and as a Jr. and
Sr. counselor. This is his second year as a Super Mega Counselor.
JEFFREY PETERSEN is a graduate
of Albertson's College. He is currently in Eugene working
on his masters at the University of Oregon. This is Jeff's
third year as a Super Mega Counselor.