Connie Pruitt-Alley, Vocal Music and Piano
Connie Pruitt-Alley graduated from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 2011 with a Bachelors in Music Education. While earning her degree, Mrs. Pruitt-Alley was a member of the all vocal ensembles including the Winthrop Chorale, Chamber Choir and Jazz Voices. She toured the south with these ensembles and performed in China.
After receiving her degree, Mrs. Pruitt-Alley taught middle school in her home district for two years before moving to Indiana and teaching at Morton High School and the Academy for the Performing Arts from 2013-2015. She taught for one year at a charter elementary school in Eastside Indianapolis before returning to Morton High School in 2016. Mrs. Pruitt-Alley is currently the Vocal and Piano Teacher at the Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts and has been the music director for musical productions such as Cats, A Year with Frog and Toad and Scrooge! She is also a member for the American Choral Director’s Association, the National Association for Music Educators, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.
Lisa Kristina, Staff Accompanist
Dr. Kristina began piano studies at age 4, and continued through her years as a student at DePaul University, with such teachers as Dmitry Paperno and Mary Sauer (long-time pianist of the Chicago Symphony). She earned a bachelor’s degree in voice at DePaul, and served there from 2003-2009 as Assistant Director of Choral Activities, also coaching opera and teaching French and German diction. She has vocal performance degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she completed an additional master’s degree in choral conducting.
Dr. Kristina appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, which she performed on Broadway, on tour in the U.S., and in Germany. While living in Europe, she also worked as pianist and coach on several major musical productions, including Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, Les Misérables, and Cats. Dr. Kristina has been heard live on Chicago’s WFMT radio both as a singer and as a pianist. She has prepared choruses for, and appeared in, several productions at DuPage Opera, and has played keyboard in many orchestras, including the Illinois Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, and Rockford Symphony. As a keyboard player for Chicago Opera Theater, she has performed Mozart’s Magic Flute and John Adams’ Nixon in China and Flowering Tree, the latter with the composer conducting. In early 2013, she toured China, playing 1940s swing music. This past summer, she accompanied for an international choral festival in Vilnius, Lithuania, and also toured that country performing music for violin and piano. She has been an adjunct music professor at Prairie State College since 2002, and continues to work extensively in the Chicago area as a freelance musician.