Crescendo /krəˈʃendəʊ/
1. A gradual increase, especially in the loudness of music.
2. The annual fundraising gala event supporting the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

Attention All Music Enthusiasts and Supporters of the Arts!

Mark your calendars because an unforgettable evening of live entertainment, delicious hors d’ouevres, and exquisite cocktails awaits you. The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra is proud to present Crescendo, our annual gala fundraising event,

and we want you to be a part of it!

Can't attend but still want to support the orchestra?

Special Thanks to Our Floral Sponsor

 This year’s Crescendo event promises to be bigger and better than ever before! With amazing entertainment, great auctions, and more, you won’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity to show your support for the arts. All of the proceeds from the event will go towards supporting our mission of providing exceptional live music performances and top-notch music education.


By attending our concerts, contributing regularly, and attending Crescendo, you are not only helping to sustain the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, but you are also investing in the future of music education and performance in our community. Your commitment to our artists and your enthusiasm for our concerts make it possible for us to continue to grow and bring more amazing music to the area.



Save the date for Monday, June 26, and join us at the historic Perry Hotel in Petoskey for a night of music, food, and fun. Tickets are available via the link above!


 For more information, please contact Deedee Pichard, Events & Communications, at (231) 487-0010 or


Eric Lawson

Assistant Concertmaster

Violinist, violist, conductor and professor Dr. Eric Lawson has had a varied career in performance and education. Past performances as a conductor, soloist and lecturer have taken him to Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, Romania and Scandinavia. Before returning to his home state of Michigan, he was based in North Dakota where, in addition to serving as a violin instructor at Bismarck State College, Jamestown College, and the University of Mary, he was also concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and established the Bismarck-Mandan Youth Symphony. Other former academic appointments have included Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Central College in Pella, Iowa and the University of North Dakota where he founded the string program and the UND Chamber Orchestra.

Here in Michigan, Dr. Lawson as been very active with the Alpena Symphony Orchestra as its concertmaster, conductor and president of the board. He also performs with many other orchestras in Northern Michigan and participates in the Traverse Symphony as a first violinist, in the Gaylord Symphony as concertmaster and as assistant concertmaster in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

And finally, in what has been one of the most important experiences of his life outside of music, he also served almost four years as an Alpena County Commissioner, representing Ossineke and Sanborn Townships. In addition to serving as chair of the Salary and Personnel Committee, he also served on the Airport, Ambulance, District Court, Circuit Court Management and Jail Committees. He also represented Alpena County in Gaylord with the Northern Michigan Regional Entity Substance Use Disorder Board and continues to serve on the Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Board. Dr. Lawson resides in Ossineke with his wife and two children.