Carl Crossin — conductor, educator, clinician and composer — is well known and respected throughout Australia as a choral conductor. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Adelaide, he also studied choral conducting in the United States and Britain as the recipient of International Study Grants awarded by the Australia Council, the South Australian Government, and the Henry Krips Conducting Scholarship.
Carl is Founder/Director of the Adelaide Chamber Singers, the Elder Conservatorium Chorale and the University of Adelaide’s chamber choir Adelaide Voices. He is currently on the staff at the university’s Elder Conservatorium of Music where he is Director of Choral Music, Head of the Music Studies Program, and Lecturer in Conducting.
Carl has toured nationally and internationally with his various choirs on many occasions. He conducted Adelaide Chamber Singers at the 10th Annual Convention of the Association of British Choral Directors in 1996; at the Norwich and Norfolk Festival in 1999; at the inaugural Asia South Pacific Symposium on Choral Music in Singapore in 2001; at the 6th World Symposium on Choral Music in Minneapolis in the USA in 2002; and at the Tokyo International Arts Festival in 2004. He also took the National Youth Choir of Australia to New Zealand in 1999 for their first international tour, and has toured Britain, Germany and Poland with the Brighton School Choir and Voiceworks Adelaide.
Carl has taught and conducted at a wide variety of summer schools, festivals and conferences throughout Australia and Britain and, as a guest conductor or clinician, has worked with a wide variety of choirs in all six Australian states. He has guest conducted the Melbourne Chorale and Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir and was Choral Director for Youth Music Australia’s National Music Camps in 1999 and 2000.
Carl Crossin’s work with singers has not been limited to the choral field: he conducted critically acclaimed performances of Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for the Elder School of Music in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Carl has also recently returned to composition. His extended choral work Caritas was featured by ACS at the World Symposium on Choral Music in the USA in 2002, and his Dance for the Daughters of Eve features on the recently released debut CD by the vocal trio eve.
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Christie Anderson is a singer and conductor who has worked with choirs and choral music for the past 15 years. She is Artistic Director of Young Adelaide Voices, South Australia’s premiere youth choral school, and conducts both the First Concert Choir and AURORA.
Christie has been a core member of Adelaide Chamber Singers for many years and in 2012 was appointed as the Adelaide Chamber Singers’ Associate Conductor. Christie is a founding member of the award-winning EVE vocal trio and lectures in third year Choral Conducting and directs the vocal ensemble Adelaide Voices at Adelaide University’s Elder Conservatorium of Music. Christie has sung in many festivals in Australia and around the world, including the England, Wales, France, The Netherlands, Norway, USA, Canada, Malaysia and Japan.
Christie began singing in choirs at an early age and it was through her work with ACS, and in her position as Artistic Director of the early music festival Early Music in Late May in Norwich, England from 1997 – 2000, that she developed a love for early vocal chamber music and ensemble singing with choirs large to small.
Highlights have included conducting the Adelaide Chambers Singers in the 2010 Adelaide International Guitar Festival, working with Young Adelaide Voices in Bernstein’s Mass (2012 Adelaide Festival) with the ASO. Christie has also conducted both the West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras as part of Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development program.
In 2012 Christie took Young Adelaide Voices to the USA, where in addition to performances in Connecticut and Washington DC, the Choir received a silver medal at World Choir Games in Cincinnati and swept the pool at the 9th International Golden Gate Youth Choir Festival in San Francisco, winning all three First Prizes in the youth choir categories.
Christie also spent January 2013 as guest conductor of the Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival, hosted by Adelaide and Flinders Universities, performing Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers” with 150 singers at St Peter’s Cathedral.
She is a passionate advocate of Australian contemporary music, particularly for vocal ensembles. Together with EVE, she commissioned over 20 new works for female trio, and she developed the “Composer in Residence” program at Young Adelaide Voices in 2011.