Listen to Crescendo

Director Biography

Nancy Macfarlane

 

Piano Lessons

Duane Gugel is a terrific piano teacher, and counts several of our choristers among his students. His philosophy, like the Crescendo philosophy, is to get young students playing good compositions as soon as possible. His fee is $40 per hour private. You can reach Duane for information about lessons at (319) 430-2773.

Nancy Macfarlane

Artistic Director

Nancy Macfarlane has an extensive background in vocal development of the young singer, choral conducting and the performance of children's opera. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. While in Princeton she had the privilege of working with James Litton at the American Boychoir School. She continued her studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

In 1978, Nancy and husband, Donald Macfarlane, relocated from Philadelphia to Iowa City and became active members in the music community. Nancy directed the preschool at the Preucil School of Music from 1984-1989. She taught music at Willowwind School from 1990-2005 where she founded and directed the Willowwind Children's Choir. Growing up in the rich musical environment in Iowa City, both Macfarlane children have gone on to professional careers in music. Nancy started Crescendo in 2004 as an independent organization. She regularly serves as children's chorus master of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

Duane Gugel

Crescendo Accompanist

Present at nearly every Crescendo rehearsal and performance is pianist Duane Gugel. We can't say enough about how lucky we are to have this fine musician anchoring our every note. Duane earned his Masters in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois, and continued his doctoral studies under Kenneth Amada and Rene Lecuona at the University of Iowa. Duane and his family reside in Iowa City.

Duane Gugel