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.

Chorus Members


Ivy Cantu
Christina Flores
Jeanette Franz
Kathryn Grumley
Jihee Han
Lena Hill
Emily Holguin
Abigail B. Jackson
Elise Leung Kotara
Darla Mattern
Alyssa Muir
Rebekah Smeltzer Staley
Julia Watkins-Davis


Bethany Ammon
Cheryl Boyle
Brigid Becker
Gabryella Carrelli
Kimberly Clemons
Patricia Combs
Allyssa Kemp
Rosa Mondragon Harris
Jenny Ohrstrom
Shelby Schisler
Julie Silva


Brendan Boyle
Evan K. Brown
Carey Dietert
Michael Kelley Dixon
Albert Garcia
Jeffrey Jones-Ragona
Jeff Keogh
Robbie LaBanca
Gabriel Liboiron-Cohen
Brian Minnick


Christopher Auchter
Matthew J. Carter
Jake Jacobsen
Ev Lunning, Jr.
Stephen Maus
Jeff W Phillips
Robert Veihman
Peter Wheeler
Steve Williams
Jay Young
Julius Young
Gil Zilkha