Dr. Steven Kruse teaches at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. He has a vast array of teaching and performance experience, having performed as principal violist of the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Camerata, Windsor Symphony, South Bend Symphony, and Flint Symphony. Currently, he performs with the Toledo Symphony. He has performed in Germany, Romania, Israel, Italy, South Africa, Taiwan, and Vietnam, where he appeared as both viola soloist and conductor. Dr. Kruse has presented performance and lecture sessions at annual conventions for the American String Teachers Association, College Music Society, Music Educators National Conference, and International Viola Society Congresses.
Dr. Kruse taught for twelve years at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, serving for four years as Coordinator of Strings. He has also held teaching positions at West Virginia University, Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, University of Windsor, University of Western Ontario, William Jewell College, and the University of Notre Dame. He also taught for twenty years at Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Dr. Kruse earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctorate from Ball State University. His principal teachers have been Lillian Fuchs, Milton Thomas, Robert Slaughter, and Jerzy Kosmala. He has co-authored articles with his wife, Penny, in the Strad, American String Teacher, and the Journal of the American Viola Society. Dr. Kruse is past treasurer of the American Viola Society and the International Viola Society.