Carolyn Cruse

Dr. Carolyn Cruse brings a passion for fostering vocal development and musical artistry in singers-musicians of all ages and expertise in collaboration and artistic vision in multiple settings. This is her first season with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio after a 14-year tenure at Texas Tech University as Associate Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music Education, where she enthusiastically worked to cultivate and nurture relationships with music educators both locally and throughout the state. Dr. Cruse has served as a clinician/conductor and festival adjudicator throughout the United States and in Newfoundland, Canada, Finland, Italy, and Kenya. She is currently serving as President of the Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA) and is a founding member of both mirabai, a professional project-based women’s choral ensemble dedicated to enhancing artistic expectations of women’s choral singing, and Alegría, a brand new women’s chorus based in San Antonio. 

Before her appointment at Texas Tech, Dr. Cruse served as a choral conductor-teacher in both middle and high schools in Richardson and Plano ISDs. Her education includes a Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. She is excited to be a new resident of San Antonio along with her husband Rob and their two dogs, Riley and Maya.


National Concert Chorus
Drs. Carolyn Cruse & Andrea Ramsey, Co-Guest Conductors

Join us for a special performance of an innovative and artistic program and brought to life by artistic projection. Under the direction and artistic vision of guest conductor, Drs. Andrea Ramsey and Carolyn Cruse, select choirs will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform at world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. For ensembles interested in solo time on stage, a Spotlight performance is also available. Ask us how! Optional packages are available to accommodate your transportation, sightseeing, and dining needs. This is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your singers!