Style: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice and Lyric Theater, St. Olaf College
Bio: Dale Kruse, tenor, earned his degrees from Luther College (B.A. 1986), Drake University (M.M. 1988), and the University of Minnesota (D.M.A. 2015). Currently, he is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice and Lyric Theater at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where in addition to teaching studio voice he is the music director and conductor of the Lyric Theater fall productions. Previously he taught on the faculties of Gustavus Adolphus College, Wayzata High School, Robbinsdale Armstrong High School and Augsburg University. For 12 years, he was the Music Director for the Minnesota Opera: Project Opera voice training program, a nationally recognized program he founded. Other duties included leading their Summer Opera Camp and being the Children's Chorus Master for mainstage productions. He has served as President, Membership Chair and Auditions Chair for the Minnesota NATS Chapter and currently serves at the District Governor. He has sung with the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Prairie Home Companion, Berkshire Opera, Oregon Bach Festival, and Lyra Concert Baroque Orchestra. Recent honors include selection as the 2015 Conductor of the Missouri All-Collegiate Honors Choir, Winner of the 2016-17 American Prize for Conducting – opera/musical theater, community division for Memory Boy world premiere (Minnesota Opera: Project Opera), and Jurist for “Opera for All Voices”, an exciting new a new initiative bringing stories with purpose to all audiences that is commissioned by a consortium of companies led by Santa Fe Opera in association with San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Seattle Opera.
Voice Type: Tenor
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a clinician or presenter; I accept students through a college or university program