Carl Crossin

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Carl Bryce David Crossin, OAM
Born (1953-04-24) 24 April 1953 (age 62)
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Conductor, composer, conservatorium director
Associated acts Adelaide Chamber Singers
Notable instruments

Carl Crossin OAM[1] (born 24 April 1953) is an Australian choral conductor, educator and composer. He is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Adelaide. He is director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music in the University of Adelaide.

Early development[edit]

Crossin's initial tertiary education was at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he was awarded a Diploma in Music Education specialising in guitar.[2] While in Sydney, he taught at Whalan High School and developed his conducting skills with the University of NSW Choral Society and the Lachrymae Singers, which he founded.[3][4][5]

In 1978 he moved to Adelaide to study at the University of Adelaide and became a music teacher at the Special Music Centre at Brighton High School, as it was then known, where he stayed for fourteen years. In the early 1980s he was conductor of the Flinders University Choral Society and Graduate Singers[4][6] and founded the small vocal ensemble Canticle.

From Brighton High School he moved to the Flinders Street School of Music, at the time a technical and further education college in Adelaide, and taught there for nine years.

In 2002, when the Flinders Street School of Music merged with the Elder Conservatorium,[7] he joined the staff of the University of Adelaide, where he has served as Head of Choral Music, Head of Academic Studies, Deputy and Acting Director, and, since the beginning of 2010, Director.[8]


Within the conservatorium, Crossin is founder and director of the Elder Conservatorium Chorale[9] and the University’s chamber choir Adelaide Voices. He conducted Claudio Monteverdi's opera L'Orfeo and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in 2002 and 2003 respectively.

Outside the conservatorium, he has worked as a choral conductor and clinician and over the past 30 years has conducted numerous choirs in Adelaide, including the Flinders University Choral Society, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of South Australia,[10][11] Adelaide University Choral Society,[12] Voiceworks and the Adelaide Symphony Chorus. He has conducted the Intervarsity Choral Festival,[13] Sydney Philharmonia Choirs,[14] the Melbourne Chorale and Gondwana Chorale.[15][16] He is the artistic director of the National Youth Choir of Australia.[17]

Adelaide Chamber Singers[edit]

Crossin founded the Adelaide Chamber Singers in 1985,[18] and as director he has toured with them to Britain, Europe, North America and South-East Asia, won several awards for performance and CD recordings, and represented Australia in international choral and music education symposia and festivals. As well, Crossin and the Adelaide Chamber Singers have embarked on a program of commissioning and presenting new choral music.[19]

Crossin's work with the Adelaide Chamber Singers is specifically mentioned in the citation for his Medal of the Order of Australia.[1]

In 2008, the recording of Symphony No. 4 "Star Chant" by Ross Edwards and Fred Watson with the Adelaide Chamber Singers under Crossin's direction won the prize for Vocal or Choral Work of the Year in the APRA Music Awards of 2008.[20]

Composer and arranger[edit]

In recent years, Crossin has turned to composition, mostly for voices, and his choral works have been performed not only by a number of Adelaide-based ensembles (Syntony, Adelaide Voices, Elder Conservatorium Chorale and Adelaide Chamber Singers) but by interstate and overseas choirs as well.

  • Stabat Mater, 2011.[21]
  • Dance for the Daughters of Eve, on the debut CD by the vocal trio Eve.[22]
  • Requiem for orchestra, chorus and soloist.[23]


  • Llewellyn, Becky; Abbott, Graham; Walker, Antony; Crossin, Carl; Pusz, Ryszard J; Stewart-Klein, Alison; Lansky, Enrique; Booth, Nancy Davis; Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; Adelaide Chamber Orchestra; Lights Chamber Ensemble; Adelaide Chamber Choir; Catalina Chamber Orchestra (2002), Milerum's basket, Move Records, MD 3261, retrieved 15 January 2013 
  • Maclean, Clare; Ford, Andrew (Composer); Crossin, Carl (Conductor); Leek, Stephen (Composer); Maclean, Clare. Christ the King; Leek, Stephen. Great southern spirits; Ford, Andrew. Wassails and lullabies; Maclean, Clare. Et Misericordia; Adelaide Chamber Singers (1998), Different angels, Adelaide Chamber Singers, retrieved 5 January 2013 
  • Kashtan Ukrainian Choir; Misiajlo, Stephen; Crossin, Carl; Adelaide Youth Orchestra (1998), Christmas in Ukraine, Kashtan Ukrainian Song and Dance Ensemble, retrieved 5 January 2013 
  • Adelaide Chamber Singers; Crossin, Carl (1996), O magnum mysterium, Adelaide Chamber Singers, retrieved 5 January 2013 

External links[edit]

The Australian Music Centre's page on Carl Crossin.


  1. ^ a b "It's an Honour - Honours - Search Australian Honours". It's an Honour website. 26 January 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2013. Citation: For service to music, particularly as a choral conductor and founding director of the Adelaide Chamber Singers. 
  2. ^ Dooley, Gillian (March 2010). "One Voice, Pre-print of article published in the Adelaide Review, March 2010". Adelaide, South Australia: Adelaide Review. p. 25. ISSN 0815-5992. OCLC 222587119. 
  3. ^ Blanks, Fred (29 September 1977). "The Sydney Morning Herald - Google News Archive Search". The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney: Fairfax Media). p. 8. ISSN 0312-6315. OCLC 226369741. Retrieved 15 January 2013. the Lachrymae Singers with instruments directed by Carl Crossin 
  4. ^ a b Johan Sebastian Bach Mass in B-minor. Concert program. Adelaide: Graduate Singers. 17 November 1984. 
  5. ^ Israel in Egypt. Concert program. Adelaide: Graduate Singers. 28 August 1982. 
  6. ^ Stephen Whittington (30 August 1982). "'Israel in Egypt' epic captured honorably". The Advertiser. p. 27. 
  7. ^ "Key Info - Elder School of Music - Government of South Australia". eGovernment directorate, government of South Australia. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM | The University of Adelaide Staff Directory". University of Adelaide. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Elder Conservatorium of Music | Elder Conservatorium Chorale - Conductor, Carl Crossin". University of Adelaide. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Trevaskis, Richard (1997), A source of innocent merriment : the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of SA Inc. the first 60 years, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of SA, 1997, ISBN 978-0-646-31275-0 
  11. ^ Holmes, Robyn; Watt, Peter (1991), Through the opera glass : a chronological register of opera performed in South Australia 1836 to 1988, State Opera of South Australia. Friends, Friends of the State Opera of South Australia, p. 283, ISBN 978-0-646-00280-4 
  12. ^ Lewis, Karen (11 June 1994). Duruflé Requiem, Pärt Berliner Messe. Concert program. Adelaide University Choral Society. Adelaide. 
  13. ^ Peter Campbell, 1964–; Australian Intervarsity Choral Societies' Association (1999). "Laudate": the first 50 years of the Australian intervarsity choral movement. Brunswick, Vic: PC Publishing for and on behalf of the Australian Intervarsity Choral Societies' Association. ISBN 978-0-646-37548-9. OCLC 48130284. NLA 427406. 
  14. ^ Garrett, David (1 March 2005). Ziegler, Alan, ed. Immortal Bach. Concert program. Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Sydney: Playbill Pty Ltd. pp. 6, 68. ISBN 978-0-949134-50-9. 
  15. ^ "Gondwana Choirs". Gondwana Choirs. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Australian World-renowned Youth Choir to Tour Europe :: Freedom Days". Forum Media. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Artistic Director | National Youth Choir of Australia". National Youth Choir of Australia. 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Adelaide Chamber Singers". Adelaide Chamber Singers. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  19. ^ Heino, Anni (18 December 2009). "2009: a year of choral music : Journal (Article) Article : Australian Music Centre". Australian Music Centre Ltd. 
  20. ^ "APRA|AMCOS : 2008 Winners". APRA|AMCOS. July 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  21. ^ Dooley, Gillian (30 April 2011), Review of 'Reflections for Good Friday', Corinthian Singers with guest conductor Jillian McGregor, Friday 22 April 2011, Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of SA, Arts Breakfast, Radio Adelaide, retrieved 5 January 2013, included the first performance of Carl Crossin's Stabat Mater 
  22. ^ Dance for the Daughters of Eve, 17 July 2009, retrieved 3 January 2013 
  23. ^ World premiere of Requiem by Carl Crossin, 2009, retrieved 3 January 2013 
  24. ^ American broadcast premieres of Caritas, by Carl Crossin, and Mass for the Middle Aged, by Graeme Koehne, at the 6th World Symposium on Choral Music (Sound recording), 5 July 2007, retrieved 3 January 2013