Hannah Cruse currently studies oboe and organ performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She caught the music bug early in life when she started playing clarinet with the North Central Arkansas Home School Band at age 9. After attending a woodwind quintet concert, she became fascinated with the rich, romantic timbres of the oboe. By age 12, she had put the clarinet aside to study the oboe with Dr. Lorraine Duso and Dr. Dan Ross. She soon picked up the piano and organ.
Hannah has since acquired many awards and accomplishments in the music world. Most recently, she won the undergraduate concerto competition at SMU and will perform mvt 1 of the Haydn Oboe Concerto with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra on Feb 26 and 28, 2016. She won 2nd place nationally in the 2008 MTNA woodwind division competition. Between 2009 and 2012, she performed numerous public concerts for the North Central Arkansas Foundation for the Arts and Education. Hannah participated in the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra for 5 years. She also attended summer festivals at Interlochen and the Brevard Music Center, 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 invited back to perform the Mozart Oboe Concerto with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in May of 2014! During her 4 years of high school, Hannah served as organist, accompanist, and choir director at the Presbyterian Kirk of the Hills Church in Fairfield Bay, AR. She designed and led a 5-day summer music camp for local Arkansas children based on religious music of the world. For organ performance she received the NFMC Elizabeth Greiger Wiegand Sacred Music of the Faiths Award in 2012. Recently, SMU named Hannah a Meadows School of the Arts Scholar. Other achievements have included being named a National Merit Scholar and publishing a composition with Hal Leonard after winning the NFMC Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Award.
Currently, Hannah works as an organist at Epiphany Episcopal in Richardson, TX. She also teaches oboe lesson at Richardson North Junior High School. After college, Hannah plans on pursuing a career as an orchestral oboist, church musician, and teacher. She believes in sharing her God-given musical talents with others in every way possible. Outside of music, Hannah enjoys many hobbies. She loves exploring nature in her home state of Arkansas, slalom skiing, yoga, long distance running, cooking, watching funny movies, and spending time with friends and family! She looks forward to another fantastic year of learning at SMU.
Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto 2/28/15
-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. $20/half hour lesson and $20/reed