Personal Summary / Bio
Lenora McCroskey has had long-time interests in Baroque performance practices, 17th- and 18th- century French liturgy, and has loved playing continuo for many years, including concerts throughout the country, in France, Germany and the Netherlands.
She retired from college teaching in 2009 and is enjoying playing continuo gigs and being able to say "no" when she likes! She is the Director of Music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton.
Lenora McCroskey was professor of music in the College of Music, the University of North Texas, Denton, from 1982 until 2009. In addition to teaching organ and harpsichord, she was the assistant director of Early Music Studies, teachingBaroque performance practice, continuo, and coaching chamber ensembles. Her students have consistently won prizes in regional, national, and international competitions.
Dr. McCroskey has performed extensively in this country on both organ and harpsichord, including recitals at conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, and the Southeast Historical Keyboard Society. She performs with several historical instrument ensembles in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has appeared as continuoist with the Dallas Opera playing Monteverdi's L'Incoronazionedi Poppea and Handel's Ariodante.
Her teachers include Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord; Veronika Hampe, continuo; and Paul Jenkins and Russell Saunders, organ. Prior to her appointment at UNT, McCroskey was on the faculties of Stetson University, the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, and the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, and was Assistant Organist/Choirmaster in the Memorial Church at Harvard University. She is a Fellow of the Mary IngrahamBunting Institute of Radcliffe College (now, the Radcliffe Institute).