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Cheyenne Cruz

University of Texas at Arlington


"The VENN Advanced Synthetic Reed blew my mind when I first played it. It was easy to get a focused, beautiful sound and I knew it would not deteriorate like cane reeds. I have been looking for a synthetic alternative to cane for decades, but could never commit to playing one because there was always something "off" about their sound. Playing VENN for the first time, I felt like I had finally found "my" sound."




ABOUT Cheyenne Cruz

Cheyenne Cruz is the second clarinetist in the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, bass clarinetist in the Longview Symphony Orchestra, and bass clarinetist in the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Cruz also composes and plays amplified bass clarinet and flute in WoodWired, an electroacoustic duo which uses looping software and other live electronics to create spellbinding performances. WoodWired's album In the Loop was released in 2018.

Cruz completed her DMA in clarinet performance at the University of North Texas in 2015. She holds a master's degree in clarinet performance from Florida State University and a bachelor's degree in music education from McMurry University. She joined the faculty at the University of Texas Arlington in 2016. Previously, she was the adjunct clarinet instructor at Stephen F. Austin State University and the teaching fellow in chamber music for the University of North Texas. Cruz continues to work diligently to organize academic events that bring the clarinet community together.

Cruz frequently performs solo for the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest and in 2017, performed Scott McAllister's Black Dog concerto with the UTA Wind Ensemble at the Texas Music Educators Association convention. In more intimate soloistic ventures, she has appeared with the Dallas Winds, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony, and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.




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