Penelope Cruz is currently the choir director at White Plains High School. Under her direction, the White Plains High School Choir has performed at Carnegie Hall, for the New York State School Board Association, at Penn State University, and at various festivals and competitions where they have received highest ratings. She serves on the American Choral Directors' Association New York Board as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Multicultural and Ethnic Perspectives, as member of the NYSSMA Diversity Committee, and as Area All State Choruses Co-Chair for Westchester County.
A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and Eastman School of Music, Ms. Cruz has taught at the elementary, middle school, and high school level in the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, and New York and has sung in professionally in opera, musical theater, and in choirs. Ms. Cruz was selected in 2005 and 2010 for the National Endowments for the Humanities Summer Teachers' Institutes, traveling to Vienna to study Mozart and to Germany to study Bach.