Cina Crisara, Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor
Cina Crisara has recently been named the Chorus Master/Assistant Conductor of Austin Opera. Previously she held the position of Chorus Master for Opera Omaha spanning 17 seasons. She was also serving as a full-time faculty member at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Concurrently she completed 16 seasons as the Chorus Master for the Omaha (Nebraska) Symphony, culminating in Cina becoming the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus. She made her conducting debut with the Omaha Symphony in 1999.
Cina Crisara is also a professional singer, and has been a member of the Conspirare Symphonic Choir and Company of Voices since 2009. She has served as a Section Leader/Rehearsal Conductor for the Conspirare Symphonic Choir, and has performed on 10 Company of Voices recordings, including the Grammy award winning “The Sacred Spirit of Russia”.
Presently, Dr. Crisara is the Director of Music at Saint John’s United Methodist Church in Austin. In addition to regular Sunday services, she designs and directs special musical events and services which are offered throughout the year. A production of the musical “Godspell” was given recently. In the summer of 2016, several members of the Saint John’s Chancel Choir combined with singers from the Conspirare Symphonic Choir to perform in Italy with Craig Hella Johnson. Cina will co-direct concerts with Craig Hella Johnson in Australia in the summer of 2018.
Cina Crisara has a Master of Music in Piano Performance from New York’s Ithaca College, and she earned a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin, having studied with Dr. Morris Beachy and Dr. Fiora Contino.
Richard Buckley, Conductor and The Sarah and Ernest Butler Artistic Director
Read Maestro Buckley’s bio on the Board & Staff page here.
Joseph D. Smith, Concertmaster
Eugene Gratovich, Associate Concertmaster
Vincent Frittelli, Concertmaster Emeritus*
Esther Sanders, Principal
Elizabeth Douthit, Acting Assistant Principal
Ames Asbell, Principal
Daniel Gee, Assistant Principal
Douglas Harvey, Principal
Muriel B. Sanders, Assistant Principal*
David Dawson, Principal
Christopher R. Flores, Acting Assistant Principal
Adah Toland Jones, Principal*
Beverly Frittelli, Assistant Principal*
Ian Bruce Davidson, Principal
Julianne Skones, Assistant Principal
Vanguel Tangarov, Principal
Valerie Bugh, Assistant Principal
William D. Lewis, Principal*
Thomas Hale, Principal*
Jill Smith Rodriguez, Assistant Principal
Robert Cannon, Principal*
Brenda Sansig Salas, Principal
Owen Homayoun, Assistant Principal
Hsueh-Yung Shen, Principal*
Genaro Gonzales, Principal
Tony Edwards, Assistant Principal
Adam “Flash” Graves
*Denotes Charter Member since 1987