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 University's top orchestra. After earning a law degree and practicing as an attorney for several years, Liz began teaching violin lessons again and 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 designs the music curriculum and teaches the violin classes.

Nicole McClure

Board Member

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Nicole R. McClure is the President of the Barkley Home & School Association, serving on the board for the fourth consecutive year. Additionally, she is the Phoenixville Area School District Directory Coordinator and an active member in the Phoenixville community. Nicole is a college professor at Kutztown University, specializing in film & cultural studies and contemporary literature. She and her family are avid music lovers and feel strongly about providing opportunities and resources for all students to experience music discovery. She lives in Phoenixville with her husband and two children, a current and future students at Barkley.

Stephanie Mullen

Board Member



Stephanie is an active member of the community and proud parent of one of Crescendo's inaugural students. Stephanie brings to Crescendo Phoenixville her know-how in coordinating volunteers and donors to meet our goals and amplify community spirit. Stephanie serves as Treasurer of Crescendo Phoenixville.

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.