Artistic Director: Sharon Smith
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"Growing Together in Artistry"

Sharon Smith

Artistic Director

Artistic Director

Passionate about music since her childhood, Ms. Sharon Smith has been a teacher of vocal music at all grade levels for over 40 years in both the Tacoma Public Schools and the Omaha Public Schools. She led OPS Mini Singers, a district children’s choir for 16 years and was the founding director of Cantori with the Nebraska Children’s Choruses.


Ms. Smith serves as a lecturer, conductor, and clinician to children’s choruses and festivals across the country. She is past President of the Nebraska Choral Directors Association, and served as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children’s Choirs for the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She also co-chaired the 2006 ACDA Regional Convention. In Nebraska, Sharon was a recipient of the Alice Buffett Award for Outstanding Teachers in the Omaha Public Schools and was awarded the 2005 Choral Director of the Year through the Nebraska Choral Directors Association.


Ms. Smith has been the artistic director of Crescendo Community Chorus (formerly Kinderchor of Spokane) since 2006. She directs the choir at Bethany Presbyterian Church and is married to Dennis Smith. They have three grown children and six gorgeous grandchildren.


To contact Sharon, please email her at:

sharon@crescendocommunitychorus.org




Cavaliers' Conductor
Drew Olsen earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College where he was a member of the world-renowned St. Olaf Choir, under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong. He has since taught general music in the Spokane area. Currently, he is the K-6 Music Specialist at Colbert Elementary School in the Mead School District. Drew is also the Artistic Director of the Mead District Elementary Choir, a non-auditioned group of interested 5th and 6th grade singers throughout the district. He serves as Past-President of the Inland Empire Orff Chapter, a national professional-development organization for elementary music educators.

Outside the classroom, Drew performs locally on both voice and piano. He is a founding member and tenor in the vocal chamber group, Spokane Choral Artists, and has sung with the Spokane Symphony Chorale. Drew occasionally finds himself playing keyboard for Spokane Civic Theatre productions, most recently Les Miserables, which was later restaged with the Spokane Symphony at the Fox--a career highlight! On Sundays, Drew sings with his church choir and is the substitute organist. 

Besides music, Drew spends his free time in the kitchen. With aspirations of owning a bakery, he has begun selling baked goods to friends and co-workers using eggs from his backyard flock of chickens. Maybe one day The Roost Bakery will be in a strip mall near you! Drew also enjoys running, swimming, cycling, tennis, and cross-country skiing. He is married to Andrea Olsen, another singer/teacher, and loves any opportunity to collaborate with her! Drew looks forward to working with the Crescendo family to nurture well-rounded singers. In the words of Helen Kemp, "Body, mind, spirit, voice--it takes the whole person to sing and rejoice!"

To contact Drew, please email him at:
cavaliers@crescendocommunitychorus.org