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Dr. Carolyn Cruse is Associate Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music Education at Texas Tech University, where she conducts the TTU Women’s Chorale and teaches undergraduate music education courses including choral techniques, advanced choral conducting, and vocal/choral pedagogy. In addition, she serves as a co-professor for the senior-level Curriculum and Practicum in Music Education courses, designed for choral, elementary music, and instrumental music education students. Dr. Cruse is active with the TTU Summer Master of Music Education program, teaching an intensive course each summer, and leading independent studies in choral conducting and rehearsal methods. 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.
Dr. Cruse has performed as a choral singer and conductor at divisional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and for the Michigan Music Conference. As a member of the Westminster Choir and Westminster Symphonic Choir, she performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras. She frequently serves as a clinician and festival adjudicator, most recently presenting two sessions for the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention in 2014. Dr. Cruse has been invited to conduct All-State and Regional Honor Choirs and present workshops in Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas. The Texas Tech University Women’s Chorale performed for the 2012 Southwestern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, in the Meyerson Symphony Center, in Dallas, TX.
Dr. Cruse’s dissertation research studied improvisational teaching in the choral rehearsal context. Further areas of interest in music education research include sight-singing, audiation, and teaching musicianship in the choral context. In addition, she served as a contributing author for the new Hal Leonard/McGraw Hill Choral Textbook to be published in early 2015. Dr. Cruse holds a Ph.D. degree in Music Education from Michigan State University, a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, in Princeton, New Jersey, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. A native of the Houston area, Dr. Cruse participated in the Region Choir process throughout her middle school and high school years in choir. She is honored to serve as a Region Choir Clinician each season for many Regions across Texas, and she is passionate about the future of music education.