Hannah Cruse is a classical musician currently studying oboe and organ performance at Southern Methodist University. She gravitates toward these instruments out of a passion for big, loud, powerful music. Playing oboe allows her to experience and create the swells of rich sounds from all angles in the orchestra. After college, she aspires to a career in the symphony orchestra. Outside of oboe, she satisfies her need for big sounds with the organ. Organ places all the strength of an orchestra right into her own fingertips. She plans on contributing her keyboard skills to sacred music—providing quality classical music for the modern day church.
Hannah has already acquired a number of accomplishments and awards. She served as organist, accompanist, and choir director at Presbyterian Kirk of the Hills Church in Fairfield Bay, AR, for 4 years. She designed and led a 5-day summer music camp for local Arkansan children in 2011. In 2010 and 2011, she performed two annual public concerts for the North Central Arkansas Foundation for the Arts and Education. Hannah participated in the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Interlochen camp, and the Brevard Music Center festival, receiving awards from each, including the Flake Scholarship and the NFMC Rose Thomas Smith Scholarship. In the spring of 2013, Hannah won first place in the Stella Boyle Smith Concerto Competition located in Little Rock, AR. She was recently named a Meadows Scholar by SMU. Other highlights of her musical background have included publishing a composition under Hal Leonard, receiving the NFMC sacred music award in organ, and, in 2008, obtaining 2nd place nationally at the MTNA competition. For her academic abilities, Hannah was made a National Merit Scholar in her senior year.
Outside of music, Hannah maintains many hobbies. She enjoys water sports on Greers Ferry Lake in her hometown during the summer, exploring nature, running, watching funny movies, eating good food, and spending time with her family.
Please visit Hannah’s Facebook page and blog to stay connected with her performances and events. Note her contact information for gigs or teaching.
Coming Soon… Links to my organ and oboe performances on Youtube!
-substituting for orchestras and ensembles
-soloing for churches and events around Dallas area
-accompanying soloists, choirs, and ensembles
-substituting as soloist and/or accompanist for Dallas area churches
-OBOE and PIANO private lessons for beginning to intermediate players.
Contact Hannah for details and availability.