More than a summer program

When alumni think of Credo, many picture the warm days they spent in Oberlin rehearsing, performing, doing service projects, and singing hymns while enjoying the bonfire in Tappan Square. One of the things I love most about Credo though is that neither its spirit nor its work is limited to Oberlin, or even to the summer months. Even now, as snow swirls outside the Credo office, Credites around the country are living out the Credo mission of developing the gift, acknowledging the source, and responding with service. I’d like to share with you some particularly special ways that this mission has been engaged around the country this winter

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Violins needed for Credo alum starting violin school in Senegal

Credo Alumna Anna Wolle ('12, '15) will move to Senegal (in West Africa) this summer to launch Teranga Strings , a project that will begin with a free summer violin program for forty children in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. The children will hail from two existing non-profit organizations: L’Empire des Enfants, which houses sixty formerly indentured servants, and SOS Village d’Enfants, which houses over one hundred orphans.

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Students build, serve and play in hurricane-stricken Texas and Puerto Rico

This January Credo recruited a group of thirteen Oberlin Conservatory students who spent two weeks on campus learning and growing in ways quite familiar: rehearsing chamber music, being coached by members of Oberlin’s faculty, and performing in Kulas Recital Hall. No amount of imagination could have dreamt up the ways these students would continue to learn and grow through unfamiliar means once they took their hard work to Beaumont, Texas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Credo is hiring summer interns

Credo Music is currently hiring for its 2018 summer internship positions. The internship period is from June 4 - July 27 and will take place in Oberlin, OH. The Credo Summer Internship program is a great opportunity for focused students interested in arts management. Credo’s interns are immersed in the day-to-day operations of running a high-level music festival, and will have regular contact with our operations, artistic, and administrative staff, as well as our faculty and students.

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Credo Partners with Oberlin Conservatory for Hurricane-Relief Mission Trips

This month a group of 14 students from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music will spend two weeks of intensive chamber music study in Oberlin before heading to Beaumont, Texas and Puerto Rico to serve the communities affected by the devastating hurricanes. They will bring not only music but willing and able hands to help with whatever is needed. The project is a joint effort of Credo Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

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Messiah Sing Along Concerts Raise $4500 for Food Pantry & Homeless Shelter

Each year Credo Music begins the Christmas season with two Messiah Sing Along concerts: one in Oberlin and the other in Chicago. The community comes together not only to enjoy and participate in beautiful music-making, but to generously support a local ministry. This year we raised $2500 for the Harmony Food Pantry, a ministry serving the North Lawndale community in Chicago and $2000 for Family Promise of Lorain Country, a ministry serving homeless families in Lorain Country, Ohio.

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Credo's 2018 Summer Program Application is Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting online applications for our 2018 summer programs.

Credo's programming is intentionally built upon our mission statement "Develop the Gift, Acknowledge the SourceRespond in Service". Our educational programs go beyond technical development, encouraging students to pursue personal excellence on par with their pursuit of instrument mastery. 

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A Credo Journey- Ten Years and Counting : a post by Rebecca Shasberger

It’s a familiar story for many of Credo’s younger students: there I was, a somewhat awkward 14-year old, nervously flying across the country to a town called Oberlin for a summer music program I knew little about. It didn’t take long to figure out that I had nothing to be nervous about. I was quickly put at ease by the caring counselors and faculty, not to mention the somewhat awkward classical-music loving friends I made from day one.

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Help After Harvey: a powerful display of serving others with the gift of music

On Friday September 8, 2017 eighty four musicians took the stage at Severance Hall to allow their gift of music to serve those affected by the devastating hurricanes in Texas and Florida. The full orchestra included musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra together with students from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music: 18 Credo alumni and faculty among them.

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Credo 2017: In Their Own Words

Credo’s family grew this July, bringing into the fold the class of 2017. For those of you who have been to one of Credo’s summer programs, or who have had children or grandchildren attend, you know that something truly remarkable happens during those summer weeks. Deep, meaningful friendships are formed that last a lifetime. Game-changing musical breakthroughs happen everyday. Students encounter people and experiences that change the way they view the world and their place in it.

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Credo Music Welcomes Henry Peyrebrune as Executive Director

Credo Music welcomes Henry Peyrebrune as its first Executive Director. Appointed by the Board of Directors effective July 17, 2017, he joins Founder and Artistic Director Peter Slowik to lead Credo in its next phase of growth. Mr. Peyrebrune has been a bassist in The Cleveland Orchestra since 1997 – a position he will retain. From 2014 – 2017, he also worked as a gift officer on the Orchestra’s Philanthropy & Advancement team.

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To Rome and Back: Part One – Inspired by the Search for Inspiration

Since coming to Oberlin, Credo alums Dana Johnson (violin, ’14) and Corey Worley (viola, ’15) have sought to play the music of our time. This passion for contemporary music has led to playing in Oberlin’s contemporary music ensemble, participating in specialized new music academies, and forming their own new music ensembles. One of these ensembles is Trio Ligatura.

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