Teaching has always figured prominently in the professional life of Edward Cremo. Most recently, living in Portland, Oregon, he offered private piano instruction to students of all ages and abilities. Previously, he worked with students throughout three decades and in several locales including Connecticut; New York; Massachusetts; and, when a music student himself, in London, England.
While residing in Portland Mr. Cremo taught at the Multnomah Arts Center, a school for music and art. He was employed as a church musician. He was engaged as accompanist by vocalists and instrumentalists and for the Oregon Ballet Theatre. He was a music editor at the Oregon Catholic Press, a publisher of liturgical music. He served on the faculty of Clackamas Community College where he taught music theory and aural skills.
Mr. Cremo has worked with many young students through a number of years. He is aware that relatively few of them have gone on to choose music as a career. Most have chosen other paths. Yet, those with whom he has remained in touch look back upon music lessons with fondness and think of the experience as having made a real difference in their lives. These expressed sentiments have shaped his understanding of what it means to be a teacher and mentor.
“I’ve rarely heard anyone complain about his or her ability to play a musical instrument. On the other hand, through many years of teaching, I have on a number of occasions heard the parents of my students express regret about having themselves ‘quit lessons as a kid’.
“My goal is to help my students become proficient pianists and musicians; to prepare them for music as a profession, if that is the path they choose. However, I believe that in a deep sense the primary role of a teacher is to expand horizons, to create a sense of wonder, to nurture. Ultimately, encouraging the kids I teach to believe in themselves is perhaps my most important contribution. I try my best to do this.”
Mr. Cremo enjoys working as vocal coach and accompanist and writes music at his home in Honesdale. His compositions include his orchestral work Turnings, which was premiered by the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra; a String Quartet, premiered by members of the London Bach Orchestra, two chamber orchestral works Sound Logic and Requiescat, given their respective premieres by the Premiere Ensemble, of London.
Personally important to Mr. Cremo is The Cooperage Project, a small not-for-profit organization based in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, which was founded in 2012 by his family and a small group of friends. He is dedicated to furthering its mission; to cultivate social awareness and foster community engagement through a varied program of classes, lectures, performances, and civic gatherings.