Carl Crossin OAM – conductor, educator, composer & arranger – is well known and respected throughout Australia and internationally as a choral conductor. He was educated at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Adelaide and also pursued postgraduate studies in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Carl was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2007 for his services to choral music
Carl is currently Associate Professor of Music and Head of Vocal, Choral &, Conducting Studies at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music. Carl teaches Conducting, Sight-Singing and Aural Training at the Conservatorium, and conducts several choirs including the Elder Conservatorium Chorale and the women’s choir, Bella Voce. He is also Head of Undergraduate Studies and Coordinator of the new Bachelor of Music (Advanced) degree. Carl served as overall Director of the Elder Conservatorium from July 2009 until the end of 2014.
Throughout his professional career, Carl has always been a passionate advocate for choral music and its role within the world of professional music-making, in music education and within the community at large. He has enjoyed over forty years’ experience working with singers and conducting choirs in professional, educational and community settings throughout Australia and regularly conducts workshops and masterclasses in choral leadership and conducting both within Australia and internationally.
In addition to his work with the multi-award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers and the Elder Conservatorium Chorale, Carl’s guest conducting engagements have included Sydney Philharmonia, Melbourne Chorale, Sydney Chamber Choir, Brisbane Chamber Choir, Melbourne’s Polyphonic Voices, Perth’s Giovanni Consort, Canberra’s Luminescence Chamber Singers and the Choir of St. James Church, King Street in Sydney.
Carl is Co-Conductor (with Paul Holley) of the nationally auditioned youth choir Gondwana Chorale with whom he has toured the UK, France and the USA, and with whom he will be touring the UK, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in January and February 2019. Carl is a regular conductor at the Gondwana National Choral School in Sydney each January. Since 1998, Carl has conducted seven seasons of the National Youth Choir of Australia (NYCA – a nationally auditioned youth choir) and was Artistic Director of NYCA from 2008 – 2014.
On tour with his various choirs over the years, he has conducted in all Australian states and territories as well as in Britain, France, Norway, Poland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.
As a composer and arranger, Carl has written music for Adelaide Chamber Singers, Young Adelaide Voices, the WATU Youth Choir Festival, Eve Vocal Trio, Graduate Singers, Syntony and the Elder Conservatorium Chorale. His choral arrangements are increasingly in demand and have found their way into the repertoire of a variety of choirs around the world. Carl is proud to be Patron of South Australia’s WATU Youth Choir Festival and of Adelaide’s Graduate Singers.