We had such an incredibly delightful conversation with Dr. Jennifer Cruz, a Bach Society of Dayton Board member. When we first booked The Bach Society of Dayton, we thought this could be a stuffy a group. Were we ever surprised by the lively and engaging conversation the ensued! We discussed classical music, how to get free beer, and even theories on “The Walking Dead.” Yes – it’s true. Hilarious! This conversation proves that the performing arts are far from stuffy, and they want YOU to join in the fun.

To do so, why not check out their next event, on March 3rd 2016 at the Dayton Beer Company from 6-8pm. The first pint is on them!! There will be snacks, tons of great prizes, and a Downton Abbey trivia contest. They are “friend-raising” and certainly giving away free beer is a great way to do just that.

Their next performances are:

March 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Songs of Mystery and Praise

May 15, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Music of Downton Abbey

Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for students 13+, and free for children 12 and under. 

For more information about the Bach Society of Dayton, including how to audition, visit their website: http://www.bachsocietyofdayton.org/

Our guest is Dr. Jennifer Cruz, an Associate Professor of Piano and the Program Director of the Music Mentors program at Central State University, a historically black university in Wilberforce, OH.  With roots on the island of Guam, she was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She began her piano studies at the age of four with Suzanne Lent.  After being discovered by Alexander Toradze at a master class in Milwaukee, she graduated from high school early to join his studio.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree of Music at the University of Indiana-South Bend under his tutelage.  Dr. Cruz then moved to New York City to study at the Manhattan School of Music with Phillip Kawin.  While pursuing her Masters Degree, she worked at the Boys Choir of Harlem School as an accompanist, and as a pedagogue at the Bronx School of Music and Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn.  Dr. Cruz received her Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music under the illustrious team of Elizabeth and Eugene Pridonoff.  She has taught at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati and has performed in recitals and master classes in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, New York, California, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Israel, Guam, and Serbia.  Her affiliations include Mu Phi Epsilon and Music Teachers National Association.  She is the Treasurer of the Western District Ohio Music Teachers Association, a member of Dayton Music Club, Music Director at College Hill Community Church in Dayton, Ohio and a board member of the Bach Society of Dayton.

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