Cina Crisara, Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor

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 os 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.


Please review the rehearsal and performance schedules below.


Carol Brown
Lexie DeAnda Trejo
Jeanette Franz
Veronica Gonzalez
Kathryn Grumley
Jihee Han
Lena HIll
Elise Leung Kotara
Alyssa Muir
Katherine O’Rear
Myrna Peralez
Rebekah Smeltzer Staley
Jamieson Taylor
Nicole L. Taylor
Sandra Villwock
Julia Watkins-Davis
Jasmine Warner
Samantha Wood


Bethany Ammon
Brigid Becker
Kimberly Clemons
Patricia Combs
Layla Edwards
Cheryl Kaderli
Allyssa Kemp
Rosa Mondragon Harris
Maeli Mesilemit
Jenny Ohrstrom
Keely J. Rhodes
Julie Silva
Megan Sherrod
Rachel Silvers
Shelby Schisler
Sarah Steele
Jasmine Williams


Brendan Boyle
Danny Castillo
Garrett Cordes
Carey Dietert
Michael Kelley Dixon
Andy Fleming
Albert Garcia
Shane Garner
Holton Johnson
Jeffrey Jones-Ragona
Robbie LaBanca
Brian Minnick
Zachary Thomas Newman
Paul Patinka
Jason Spradley
Bailey Turner


Brenham Sean Adams
Bruno César Barbosa
James Clark
Jake Jacobsen
Robert LeBas
Ev Lunning, Jr.
Stephen Maus
Ryan Parseghian
Jeff W. Phillips
Robert Veihman
Steve Williams
Jay Young
Gil Zilkha


Austin Opera Patron Services
512-610-7684; Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

Long Center Box Office Hours
Monday-Friday:10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday: open during scheduled performances

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