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Meet Wendi Olinger - New Director of Crescendo, Spring 2019

Wendi Olinger, who moved with her family to Bainbridge Island in June 2018, is the director of Crescendo!, the adult vocal ensemble for Ovation! Wendi has a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and a master's in music education from Texas State.


Before moving to the Northwest, Wendi directed high school choirs in Norwich, CT, and Austin, TX. She also has been a church choir director/musician for more than 20 years and taught elementary school music in Dripping Springs, TX, near Austin. Since moving to Bainbrid Island, Wendi was Interim Music Director at Grace Episcopal Church.


She has trained as a classical singer and plays the piano and oboe. Put simply, she loves music -- all kinds.


Wendi and her husband, Glen, a research engineer for the Department of Defense, have two children, a sixth-grade son at Sakai and a third-grade daughter at Wilkes. In addition to music, Wendi works three days a week as a baker at Pane D'Amore in Lynwood Center.