BA, Carthage College; MM, DMA, Eastman School of Music
Dr. Jonathan Kruger is a native of Kenosha, Wisconsin where, in 1978, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Performance at Carthage College. While living in Kenosha he studied trumpet with Luther Didrickson at Northwestern University. In 1981 Dr. Kruger began his studies at the Eastman School of Music where he completed both his Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts. While at Eastman he performed in the Eastman Heidelberg Orchestra as well as Lead trumpet with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble. In the spring of 1983 he was the winner of the Phi Mu Alpha solo wind competition and the subsequent soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble during their spring tour.
Following his studies at Eastman Dr. Kruger performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra through the summer of 1988. In 1985 he accepted the position of Instrumental music teacher at the School of the Arts in Rochester, N.Y and served there as concert band and jazz ensemble director until the spring of 2000. Currently Dr. Kruger holds a position as Professor and Director of Performing Arts in the department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has also served as trumpet instructor at the Hochstein School of Music from 1985 through 1990 and served as an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Geneseo as trumpet instructor and Director of their Jazz Ensemble program from 1990 - 2013.
In addition to his duties at RIT, Dr. Kruger is co-leader of the professional jazz ensemble, The New Energy Jazz Orchestra and musical director of The Prime Time Brass. During his performance career, Dr. Kruger has performed with Johnny Mathis, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Spinners, Julie Andrews, Cleo Laine, Barry Manilow, as well as many others.
In the News
January 31, 2022
Performing artists take center stage at RIT
RIT is well on its way to developing the leading performing arts program in the nation for non-majors, attracting talented and creative students who can continue their passions for music, dance, theater, and other performing arts.
January 15, 2021
Performing Arts Scholars Program flourishes
Now in its second year, the Performing Arts Scholars Program at RIT has more than doubled in participants, with 368 first-year students involved in classical or jazz instrumental music, voice, musical theater, acting, technical theater, dance, or video game composition.
August 6, 2020
Performing arts classes continue with social distancing in place
WHAM-TV talks to Thomas Warfield, director of dance; Andy Head, assistant professor in the Department of Performing Arts; and Jonathan Kruger, chair of the Department of Performing Arts, about changes to the dance, theater, and music programs.