About

An Experienced Music Director and Vocal Coach

Hello everyone! My name is Mario Cruz, and I am a New York City based Voice Teacher and Vocal Coach. Music was a regular part of my life growing up where both grandparents served as organists for our local parish. As a child, I was taught piano and organ by my grandfather, and started playing organ at services by the eighth grade, subsequently leading a choir shortly thereafter. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. My concentrated studies in Ear Training/Solfege, Harmony and Music Theory, Arranging, and Conducting prepared me well to collaborate with singers, musicians, and production teams as a Music Director, Accompanist, and Vocal Coach with individuals and groups at all levels around the Greater Boston area for over 30 years.

Upon moving to New York City, I completed the intensive Voice Teacher Training & Certification program with New York Vocal Coaching, Inc. and am a certified graduate.

In my spare time, I enjoy walking the city and seeing as many shows as I possibly can. I have also started to explore life on “the other side of the boards” by taking Theater, and Jazz dance classes. I am ecologically conscious and follow a plant-based (vegan) diet.

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Education and Training:

Berklee College of Music: Boston, MA
Bachelor of Music, Music Education
Emmanual Zambelli – Piano

New York Vocal Coaching, Inc.
Voice Teacher Training & Certification program
Justin Stoney

Music Director Credits

ShowGroup
The Boy From Oz (N.E. Premiere)Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
Texas Chainsaw Musical**Arts After Hours, Lynn
NineArlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
Cannibal, The MusicalArts After Hours, Lynn
Avenue QArts After Hours, Lynn
Evil Dead, The Musical (2013)Arts After Hours, Lynn
GodspellWinthrop Playmakers, Winthrop
Nunsense A-MenArts After Hours, Lynn
Evil Dead, The MusicalArts After Hours, Lynn
Joseph... Dreamcoat FUDGE Theatre, Wakefield
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown Arts After Hours, Lynn
Lippa's The Wild Party The Footlight Club, JP
Romance/Romance Vokes Theatre, Wayland
All You Need Is Love Quanapowitt Players, Reading
Sisters of Swing Stoneham Theatre, Stoneham
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Concord Players, Concord
A Class Act Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
Chicago Quanapowitt Players, Reading
The Scarlet Pimpernel Concord Players, Concord
NToon Too: Ever Ever After Quanapowitt Players, Reading
Zombies From the Beyond Hovey Players, Waltham
A Year With Frog & Toad Stoneham Theatre, Stoneham
Pageant Stoneham Theatre, Stoneham
Grease Winthrop Playmakers, Winthrop
Joseph… Dreamcoat Winthrop Playmakers, Winthrop
Hair The Footlight Club, JP
NTune: A Musical Coming of Age* Quannapowitt Players, Reading
Footloose Newton Country Players, Newton
Ruthless! Quannapowitt Players, Reading
Urinetown Vokes Theatre, Wayland
Tommy Core Stage Company, Arlington
The Spitfire Grill Concord Players, Concord
Merrily We Roll Along Vokes Theatre, Wayland
Anything Goes Quannapowitt Players, Reading
The Rocky Horror Show Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Portsmouth, NH
Kiss of the Spider Woman Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
Seussical Wellesley Players, Wellesley
The Rocky Horror Show The Footlight Club, JP
Nunsense Quannapowitt Players, Reading
Titanic Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
No Way To Treat A Lady Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
Cabaret Quannapowitt Players, Reading
Chicago Concord Players, Concord
The All Night Strut Quannapowitt Players, Reading
The World Goes ‘Round Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
Nine Vokes Theatre, Wayland
She Loves Me Quannapowitt Players, Reading
Bye Bye Birdie Wellesley Players, Wellesley
Tomfoolery Vokes Theatre, Wayland
Joseph… Dreamcoat Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
Side Show Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown Newton Country Players, Newton
The Secret Garden Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
The Fantasticks Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
Is There Life After High School? Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
Grand Hotel Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
City of Angels Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
Sweet Charity The Footlight Club, JP
Perfectly Frank Arlington Friends of the Drama, Arlington
Follies The Footlight Club, JP
The All Night Strut Newton Country Players, Newton
How To Succeed… The Footlight Club, JP
Kiss Me Kate The Footlight Club, JP
Cabaret The Footlight Club, JP
Once Upon A Mattress The Footlight Club, JP
Pajama Game The Footlight Club, JP
Grease Newton Country Players, Newton

* Story using music of the Beatles - original arrangements
** Original Cast Recording