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Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM
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Carl Crossin is well known and respected throughout Australia as a choral conductor, educator, composer and clinician. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Classical Guitar & Music Education) and the University of Adelaide (Musicology), he has also undertaken specialist choral conducting studies at Westminster Choir College, Princeton in the United States.
As an educator, Carl has taught music extensively at both secondary and tertiary levels of education. Following fourteen years (as teacher and Music Co-ordinator) at Brighton High School Special Music Centre and nine years at the the Department of Further Education's Flinders Street School of Music, Carl joined the staff of the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2002. At the Conservatorium he has served as Head of Choral Music, Conductor of several choirs including the Elder Conservatorium Chorale, Head of Academic Studies and Deputy Director of the Conservatorium.
Carl served as Director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music from the 2010 - 2014 and stepped down at the end of 2014 to take on a new role as Head of Voice, Opera, Conducting & Ensembles within the Conservatorium.
Carl is Founder, Artisitic Director and Conductor of Adelaide Chamber Singers, with whom he has toured Britain, Europe, North America and South-East Asia. Under Carl's direction, Adelaide Chamber Singers has won several awards for its performances and CD recordings and has represented Australia at major international choral and music education symposia and festivals including the 6th World Symposium on Choral Music in Minneapolis in the USA (2002) and the Asia/South Pacific Symposium on Choral Music in Singapore (2001).
Foremost amongst it's honours, Adelaide Chamber Singers has (under Carl's direction) won Choir of the World at Llangollen 2013 in Wales, Vincitore del Gran Premio at the Music Sacra a Roma in Rome in 2013, six Gold awards (1st place) at competitions in Rome and Austria (2013), Choir of the World at Kathaumixw 2006 in Canada, a Gramophone magazine 'CD of the Month' citation in 2007, and shared (with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) the 'Best Choral/Orchestral Work and Recording 2008' award from the Australian Music Centre. In 2011, Adelaide Chamber Singers was awarded one of South Australia's premier Arts awards - the 2011 Ruby Award for "sustained excellence and contribution".
Carl has had extensive experience as a choral conductor and clinician throughout Australia and has been the conductor of a wide variety of choirs in Adelaide over the past 35 years, including the Elder Conservatorium Chorale, Adelaide Voices, Bella Voce, Voiceworks, the Adelaide Symphony Chorus, the Adelaide Festival Chorus, Brighton School Concert Choir, both Flinders and Adelaide University Choral Societies and Graduate Singers.
Carl is a regular guest conductor of the Gondwana Chorale (a nationally auditioned youth choir of singers aged 18 - 26) and has guest conducted several of Australia's major choirs including the Sydney Philharmonia, Melbourne Chorale, Sydney Chamber Choir, Brisbane Chamber Choir, Perth's Giovanni Consort and the Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camp Chamber Choir. He has also conducted for the Queensland Conservatorium's State Honours Ensemble Program. Carl was Artistic Director and Conductor of the National Youth Chamber Choir of Australia from 2008 - 2014.
Carl has adjudicated at several of Australia's major choral competitions, and in South east Asia and New Zealand.
As a composer and arranger Carl has written mostly for voices and many of his choral arrangements and compositions have found their way into the repertoire of a wide variety of local, interstate and overseas choirs.
In 2007, Carl was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to music.
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