Dr. Jennifer Cruz

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Dr. Jennifer Cruz is a 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 in New York, 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 across the United States, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Israel, Guam, and Serbia.  Her affiliations have included Mu Phi Epsilon, College Music Society, and Music Teachers National Association.  She is the past president and treasurer of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Western District, a member of Dayton Music Club, and a board member of the Bach Society of Dayton.