Valerie Showers Crescenz began piano lessons at age 3 and has been making music ever since. She has a B.S. in Music Education and a M.M. in Piano Performance, both from West Chester State College. She has been an instructor at West Chester State, Penn State (Lima campus) and Delaware County Community College, having taught classes in music theory, music history, and piano. She is currently the general music teacher at West Bradford Elementary School, Downingtown, PA., where she also directs the chorus and Orff Ensemble. She is presently working on a second Master's degree, this time in composition.
Mrs. Crescenz has also served as a choir director, an organist, and has also performed as a pianist/vocalist for a number of years. Her real love, however, is composing. She has had commissions for works from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and from the Durham School of the Arts (NC), and has also written works for a number of churches and schools. In addition to Oxford University Press, her works are published by Hinshaw Music, BriLee Music, and Abingdon Press. She is a member of ASCAP, Ameican Composers Forum, Music Educators National Conference, and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. You can find out more about Mrs. Crescenz at www.valeriecrescenz.com
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