Dr. Jorge Cruz currently serves as Visiting Lecturer of Bassoon at the University of North Texas. Prior to this appointment, he served as Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at UNT, Richland College, and Chabot College.
Jorge is the principal bassoonist of the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra and second bassoonist/contrabassoonist of the Abilene Philharmonic. He also regularly performs with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Jorge’s serves as bassoonist/saxophonist with the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest, historically known as the 531st Air Force Band, a position he has held since 2001.
Students of Dr. Cruz have been accepted into prestigious summer music festivals including the Eastern Music Festival and the Vancouver Orchestral Institute. Additionally, a student woodwind quintet he coached claimed the first place in the 2019 UNT College of Music Chamber Music Studies Competition.
An avid chamber musician, Jorge has been a member of the Madera Wind Quintet since 2009. MWQ performed for the 2012 International Horn Society Conference, 2012 International Double Reed Society Conference, and toured across the country at various universities. Their debut album, Five at Play, was comprised of five new works for wind quintet selected from their Call For Scores competition, which had over 130 submissions. In 2015, MWQ released their sophomore album, Five Piece Combo, which catalogued the three suites for woodwind quintet by Don Gillis and was produced by Ravello Records. MWQ were artists-in-residence at Adams State University in 2016. Part of their residency included recording and performing the newly commissioned work, David J. Pierce’s El Ranchero, for wind quintet and concert band at the 2017 Colorado Music Educators Association conference. Finally, MWQ premiered Jack Stamp’s Suite Madera at the 2018 UTA Clarinet Day. The piece was co-dedicated to MWQ and the Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet.
Dr. Cruz can be heard playing principal bassoon on the Dallas Chamber Choir’s recording of Mozart’s Requiem. The 2019 album, Mozart Requiem: Remembering Matthew Sheppard 20 Years Later, was recorded at Moody Performance Hall in Dallas, TX.
Jorge completed his Doctor of Musical Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas in 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from San Jose State University and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas. His primary teachers are Kathleen Reynolds, Jerry Dagg, and Cyrle Perry.