Our History

Mary Ann Bruce, my grandmother, founded the studio over 50 years ago, and it has been a cornerstone of the Greece and Rochester music scene for many years. Mary Ann and her husband, Larry, dedicated themselves to enriching the lives of many students, both adults and children, through music.  In 2009 upon Mary Ann’s retirement I assumed leadership of the studio.  With the help of Jenna Bruce, my niece and Mary Ann's great granddaughter, it continues to grow.

 

"Mary Ann Bruce established a music tradition of excellence that I am dedicated to continuing now that the Studio has passed to me.  Today, just as before, we focus on each student, discovering their passion for music and acting and fostering the development of those skills."

 

 

 Wendy Henrickson

 

Faculty

Wendy Henrickson-is the owner of Bruce Music & Theatre Academy (formerly known as Mary Ann Bruce Studios) in Greece where she teaches piano, voice, flute and music theory.  She has taught music at Mother of Sorrows School and at North Baptist Christian School.  She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Roberts Wesleyan College with a double major in piano and voice.  Prior to college she studied piano with her grandmother Mary Ann Bruce, a music educator who enriched many lives in the Rochester community for over 50 years.  She also studied flute and theory at Eastman School of Music preparatory department.  Wendy's vocal performance credits include The Pirates of Penzance (Kate), Madame Butterfly with the Rochester Opera Theatre, vocalist/accompanist for The Impact Team, The Joy Singers and backup singer for Michael Bolton's Rochester performance of his Time Love and Tenderness Tour. She was keyboard/vocalist in a Top 40 band for 10 years.  She has directed and produced many summer music programs and Christmas musicals.  In 2016 she was Vocal Music Director for the production of “Mary Poppins” at Roberts Weslyan College.  For 21 years Wendy was choir director and organist, first at Trinity Reformed Church and then Brighton Reformed Church.

Jenna Bruce- has been involved in musical performance and musical theater for 16 years. Jenna studied Music Performance at Monroe Community College and studied Musical Theatre at the New York Film Academy.

 

Recently she was backup vocalist on Joey Pero’s single of the John Lennon classic “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” featuring Laura Osnes. Jenna continues to be a lead singer with Nik and the Nice Guys, The Bob Greco Band and The Silver Arrow Band. She has performed in over 20 musicals, including lead roles such as the Extraordinary Girl for the Rochester JCC’s production of American Idiot, and Monroe Community College’s Rocky Horror Picture Show as Janet. She competed in the National Classical Singer Competition advancing to the second round in Texas. In 2014 she auditioned for the tv show “The Voice,” advancing to the third round of the producer auditions.

 

Jenna studies dance under Michelle Potterf and Deidre Goodwin, both featured in the Broadway musical “Chicago”, and other Broadway hits such as “Crazy for You” (International Tour), “The Will Rogers Follies” and original Broadway revivals such as "Rocky Horror Show," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and "A Chorus Line".

 

She also studied acting techniques under Harris Doran. Harris is an award-winning writer, director, actor, and producer. He has won awards for best breakout performance from the L.A. Film Festival, and best narrative short from the Indie Memphis Film Festival. Harris trained as an actor at The Juilliard School and has taught acting as a private coach and teacher for 15 years.