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Carl Crossin : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Requiem (soprano with full orchestra) by Carl Crossin, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 125.

Photo of Carl Crossin

Carl Crossin OAM - conductor, educator, clinician & composer - is widely respected as one of Australia's most experienced choral conductors. Carl is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Music Education & Classical Guitar), the University of Adelaide (Musicology), and has undertaken postgraduate studies in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey (USA) and in England.

Carl is currently Associate Professor of Music at the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide. He has served in several leadership positions at the Elder Conservatorium - including five and a half years' service as Director of the Conservatorium - and is currently Head of Vocal, Choral & Conducting Studies at the Elder Conservatorium.

Carl has conducted a wide range of choirs in professional, community and educational (at both school and university levels) settings and, in addition to developing and managing one of the largest university choral programs in Australia at the University of Adelaide, Carl also teaches Conducting, and is conductor of the Elder Conservatorium Chorale. Carl has also prepared the Adelaide Symphony Chorus, the Adelaide Festival Chorus and other occasional choirs for performances with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years.

Carl's career as an educator is extensive and includes sixteen years as a high school music teacher and Music Co-ordinator (including 14 years at one of Adelaide's Special Music High Schools), and over two decades in the tertiary sector at both TAFE & University levels. Carl has been a member of the staff of the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide since 2002.

Carl is Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of the multi-award winning Adelaide Chamber Singers. In addition to their eight international tours, Adelaide Chamber Singers has, under Carl's direction, won two "Choir of the World" awards (Kathaumixw 2006 in Canada and Llangollen 2013 in Wales) as well as the Vincitore del Gran Premio in Rome (2013) and six out of six Gold Awards (1st Places) in competitions in Rome and Austria (2013). Carl Crossin & Adelaide Chamber Singers were also awarded a 2011 Ruby Award by the South Australian Government and ARTS SA for 'sustained contribution by an organisation'.

In addition to his concert and touring work as a regular co-conductor of Gondwana Chorale (a nationally auditioned youth choir) at the Gondwana National Choral School, Carl's guest conducting appearances in recent years have included: Sydney Philharmonia, Melbourne Chorale, Sydney Chamber Choir, Brisbane Chamber Choir, Polyphonic Voices (Melbourne) The Giovanni Consort (Perth), Luminescence Chamber Singers (Canberra) and the National Youth Choir of Australia - of which he was artistic director and conductor from 2008 - 2014.

Carl has conducted his various choirs on many international, national and regional tours over the past 35 years, and has been a clinician, guest conductor, conducting teacher and adjudicator at summer schools, festivals, conferences and competitions throughout Australia and internationally, including in England, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and the USA.

As a composer, Carl currently writes mostly for choirs - although instrumental works are being added to his creative output. Much of his choral music has been composed for Adelaide Chamber Singers but he has also written several works on commission from Greta Bradman, Young Adelaide Voices, the Queensland Chapter of the RSCM, Graduate Singers and several school and community choirs. His many arrangements are also currently being enjoyed by a range of choirs around the world.

In 2007, Carl was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to music.

Carl Crossin — current to September 2020

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
With His Whole Heart : choir (2023) Commissioned by Graeme Morton.
Digital sheet music sample Part Needle, Part Thread : (A Tapestry for Friends) (2020) Initially commissioned and composed for the World Choir Games in Belgium, 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic)
Digital sheet music sample The Road Not Taken : for SSAA choir with piano and optional violin (2020) Commissioned by Stephanie Eaton (Head of Music, Seymour College, Adelaide) for the Seymour College Maestros & Apprentices Project October 2020
Digital sheet music sample ...and Peter went out, and wept bitterly : four interludes for soprano and cello (2019) Commissioned for inclusion as interpolations into Adelaide Chamber Singers' performance of Orlando di Lasso's masterwork Lagrime di San Pietro as part of the 2019 Adelaide Festival.
Digital sheet music sample Winter Stars : for SSAA choir with flute and piano (2018) Commissioned by Christie Anderson and the 2018 WATU Youth Choir Festival
Digital sheet music sample Jubilate Musica : for SATB choir, piano and percussion (2017) Originally commissioned as an unaccompanied work by Graduate Singers (Adelaide) in celebration of their 40th Anniversary in 2017. The work was then revised in 2021 and a piano part added for performance by the Elder Conservatorium Chorale in 2021.