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Who We Are

Elizabeth Grimshaw

Founder and Executive Director 

Liz earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah, where she studied violin with Ralph Matson, the concertmaster of the Utah Symphony. As a student, Liz won numerous awards, including a full tuition scholarship and a concerto performance with the Unversity's top orchestra. After earning a law degree and practicing as an attorney for several years, Liz rediscovered her love of music and working with young people. Liz thinks that every kid who wants to learn an instrument should be able to do so and she's excited to help that happen in Phoenixville! Liz will be teaching violin and overseeing the music curriculum for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

Janine Carruthers

Board President

Janine Carruthers is an active member of the Phoenixville community and is passionate about giving children choices and resources to meet goals. Professionally, Janine is the Community Relations Manager for GreenDrop, LLC, which works on behalf of national charities. Janine coordinates charitable donation drives at schools, businesses, and community events. Janine also is a contributing writer for IN Community magazines. She holds a BA in Communications with an English Minor from the University of Delaware and currently lives in Phoenixville with her husband and two children.

Maura Smith

Board Member

Maura Smith is committed to helping kids feel important whether by serving as a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run and Stride, or by organizing sub-for-santa drives. Maura brings to Crescendo Phoenixville her know-how in coordinating volunteers and donors to meet big goals and amplify community spirit.

Joe Klapper

Board Member

Joe Klapper is currently a string teacher in the Phoenixville Area School District where he started the string program in 2013. In 1997 he received his masters in music performance from the Manhattan School of Music having studied under Homer Mensch. He was formerly a member of the Jerusalem Symphony and principal bass with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. Prior to moving Phoenixville, Joe taught for the D.C. Public Schools where he won a VH1 "Save the Music" grant to start a string program and a "Little Kids Rock" award to purchase and teach guitars to middle school students.