About Us


Crescendo for a Cause is an officially registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the U.S.A.  and a Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) certifying organization.

Adlai E. Stevenson High School students Kiran Mohan and Allen Beckwith founded Crescendo for a Cause in 2018 with one mission in mind: to improve music education in underserved areas and to utilize music performance as a vehicle for advocacy and community service.


Our organization has multiple facets:


  • Amidst budget cuts in local school districts limiting music education opportunities for youth, we donate instruments we receive through our instrument drives that benefit these underprivileged communities that lack music education services.

  • Music has become one of the fastest-growing and most creative forms of therapy. To spread the joys of music and enhance the quality of life of our audiences, we perform for local assisted living facilities, memory care programs, and veterans' homes.

  • As members of the Stevenson Band, we promote values of comradery and togetherness. With the ensemble being home to numerous musicians impacted directly or indirectly by cancer, our organization aims to spread awareness for pediatric cancer, and raise money to enrich the lives of young cancer victims.

We aim to make an impact in a variety of ways, with our outreach methods always revolving around our passion for music. 

Our Team

President of Music Performance


University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Adlai E. Stevenson High School Chapter


Vice President of AESHS Chapter


Adlai E. Stevenson High School


Vice President of AESHS Chapter


Adlai E. Stevenson High School


Co-Founder and President


Harvard University


Co-Founder and President


Northwestern University

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In The News

March 2020 — Chicago Tribune: Stevenson students ‘spread the joy of music’ through videos sent to elderly at facilities on lockdown due to the coronavirus








January 2020 — Check out our segment on The CW The Jam, Real Chicagoans program!












September 2019 — Daily Herald: Stevenson Seniors create Crescendo for a Cause for community service

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Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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