Credo 2012: A Season of Progress
Credo's 2012 program was an exciting burst of plans and dreams that were waiting in the wings for a few years. Program offerings expanded to allow chamber students to chose either a two-week or three-week session. Brass and woodwind applicants were welcomed for a one-week camp. The string students and wind students came together at the end of the third week to perform a concert in Severance Hall. New faculty were welcomed, and the season ended with more friends of Credo than ever before! All this was still built on the three pillars of our founding: Develop the Gift, Acknowledge the Source, Respond with Service. We would like to share with you a few stories, news articles, photos and videos as a window into all that the students experienced during the 2012 festival.
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Credo = Exponential Growth.
After two festivals in a row, I still feel as if I am experiencing it for the first time – the Credo experience is so fresh and diverse that I can expect something unexpected and different every day… I come here and mature as a person and as a musician. This year at Credo, I discovered new heights and depths of personality and maturity that I had never known existed. Thank you.
Even though musicians are at different levels, everyone is given the same opportunities and equal treatment from fantastic faculty. This is unique and allows everyone to grow immensely as musicians no matter their experience level.
I feel like at Credo I am always braver, and more open with my faith.
This was one of the best weeks of my musical and spiritual life. It was so inspiring to have such world-class teachers and artists who taught with a Christian worldview and perspective. Beyond refreshing!
The people are effulgent, overflowing with love, and enthusiasm for good, music, and one another!
Credo has been one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you so much!
I have always had music as a big part of my life, as well as a strong relationship with God. Until my time at Credo I never connected the two. I now realize that God specifically blessed me with this gift because he knows I will work hard at it, and share it with others. He is the one driving me to succeed.
Credo was a really amazing experience. I have grown as both a musician and a person here.
|Click here to read an article about the performance at Credo by our Quartet in Residence at ClevelandClassical.com|
Credo Chamber Music: Finale at Severance Hall (July 21)
Excerpt from article published on ClevelandClassical.com
A sea of chairs and stands were in place after intermission for an orchestra that
incorporated (according to the program) 46 violinists, 23 violists, 22 cellists and 4
bassists (plus a few faculty who held down principal chairs). If the winds were a bit
outnumbered, who cared? The strings sounded luscious and strong, ebbing and flowing
agreeably in the opening movement. Fine wind solos distinguished the Andante
cantabile, and the orchestra generally made a fine impression. Great results for only a
week's work, but the important aspect was the process rather than the product.
The program noted that students came to Credo this year from thirty-eight states and five
continents. That there is more to the program than fine music-making is underscored in
Credo's mission, which mentions Christian mentorship and the opportunity for outreach
and service to others. Following the ovation after the Tchaikovsky, Slowik called for
silence and led the onstage company in a choral benediction, who sang just as well as
they had played all evening.
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String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95, "Serious"
I. Allegro con brio
Rachel White, Hector Gonzalez, violin
Marlea Simpson, viola
Jeremy Russo, cello
Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony
An excerpt from the recording made of the final rehearsal of the
Credo Festival Orchestra before their performance of it at Severance Hall on July 21.
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable — if there is anything excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”