Musician Doing Good Spotlight - Anita Kruse
Anita Kruse has an incredibly impressive and diverse musical background. At home both in the world of classical music as well as on the singer/songwriter stage, Anita’s musical career has taken her around the world. She now bolsters the Music Doing Good roster as a pianist, singer, and a songwriter.
Anita holds a B.M. and M.M. in piano performance (from the University of Connecticut and University of Michigan, respectively), and her performance mixes a little bit of Robert Schumann with a little bit of Joni Mitchell. In our 2011-2012 season, Anita’s performances ranged from performing with fellow Core Artist Rodney Waters (both playing on the same piano at the same time!) to a ha
unting rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now.” In addition to her work with Music Doing Good, Anita started Purple Songs Can Fly, a program for children being treated at the Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers that allows the children to write their own songs and record them all while in the hospital.
As a songwriter, Anita often crafts original songs for Spotlight Concerts based on the organization and the show’s theme. For a show in the 2011-2012 season, Anita debuted a song co-written with Aaron Kaufman and Tricia Fox called “One Ring, So Many Sounds.” Anita’s songwriting expertise was evident in this performance, as the song was not only written to match the show’s theme, but
also crafted to take advantage of the unique venue (Houston’s Rothko Chapel) and the room’s ambiance and acoustics. The song was one of the season’s most talked about performances! You can help Music Doing Good continue to support amazing non-profits and organizations through concerts like this. Please visit https://
Photos courtesy of Rodney Waters and Jay Ford