In 1945, Kruspe became the first conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra (KWSO), of which he was also one of the founders; he was succeeded by Frédéric Pohl in 1960. Kruspe conducted Lois Marshall, Margaret Stilwell and the KWSO in 1951 in the opening of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Kruspe also led the Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir 1941-60; under his direction the choir became the region's main oratorio ensemble. Although his output as a composer was quite limited, he wrote a string quartet (1940), a symphony (in C sharp minor, 1947; premiered by the KWSO 1948); and songs, carols and anthems, the latest being a chorale prelude for organ published by Waterloo Music in 1981.
Author Betty Nygaard King
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