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Carolyn Cruse

Carolyn Cruse Carolyn S. Cruse is Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Texas Tech University where she conducts the Women's Chorale, and teaches undergraduate choral conducting and choral techniques. Prior to her appointment at Texas Tech, she taught choral music for nine years at the junior high and high school levels in Richardson and Plano, Texas.

Cruse has performed at both divisional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and at the Michigan Music Conference and Texas Music Educators Association Convention. As a member of the Westminster Choir, she performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras, at venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and at the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. She frequently serves as a clinician and festival adjudicator, and has been invited to conduct All-State and Regional Honor Choirs and present workshops in Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas.

Active in the field of music education research, Cruse's research appears in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. Her primary areas of interest include expertise, improvisational teaching, and sight-singing in the choral context. Cruse holds the M.M. degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, New Jersey, and the B.M. degree in music education from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. She is a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in music education from Michigan State University.

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