Elena Crudge

Elena Crudge, a pianist and organist, is a native of Russia. She graduated from the Moscow State Music College "Gnesin" and the Voronezh State Institute of Arts with honors. She majored in piano and qualified as a teacher, accompanist and soloist of the Chamber Ensemble. 

Upon her graduation, Moscow Region Music College employed Elena for 10 years as an accompanist for chorus and individual instruments. She performed in public concerts arranged by the college.

After moving to United States, Elena worked as an organist and pianist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Ridgewood, NJ, since 1994. She also taught piano privately to students of different levels and ages.

In 2016, Elena and her husband moved to Mount Pleasant, SC, and since then, she has been holding a position of an organist and orchestra accompanist at East Cooper Baptist Church.

She is a member of American Guild of Organists (AGO).

Elena Crudge has recently become a piano faculty of the Charleston Academy of Music at the Mount Pleasant location.

Elena and her husband Bill have 2 children: Andrew (27) and Natalie (22), and a poodle Max.