Carl Crossin Founder, Artistic Director & Conductor
Carl Crossin OAM – conductor, educator, composer & clinician – is widely respected as one of Australia leading 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, Head of Undergraduate Programs and Co-ordinator the Bachelor of Music (Advanced) program.
Carl has both developed choral programs and conducted choirs in a wide range of choirs in professional, community and educational (at both school and university levels) settings. 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, the women’s choir Bella Voce and the 1st year choir for all Conservatorium Music students, ChAURALation. Carl has also prepared the Adelaide Symphony Chorus, the Adelaide Festival Chorus and other occasional choirs for numerous 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 Brighton Special Music High School), 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 & 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 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 musicians and organisations as diverse as 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.
Christie Anderson Associate Conductor
Christie Anderson is a singer and conductor and has worked with choirs and choral music for many years. She became the Artistic Director of Young Adelaide Voices in 2009 and is the conductor of Young Adelaide Voices and women’s vocal ensemble, Aurora as well as Artistic Director of the WATU Adelaide Youth Choir Festival.
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 was tutor and conductor at Adelaide University’s Elder Conservatorium of Music for over ten years. She has sung and conducted in many festivals in Australia and around the world, including the UK, France, Norway, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Italy, Canada, USA, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.
In 2012 Christie took Young Adelaide Voices to the USA, where in addition to performances in Connecticut, Cincinnati and Washington DC, the Choir swept the pool at the 9th International Golden Gate Youth Choir Festival in San Francisco, winning First Prize in all youth choir categories.
Christie was the Chair of Arts SA’s Independent Makers and Presenters panel from 2013 – 2015 and has had two wonderful seasons as a guest conductor at the Gondwana National Choral School in 2016 and 2017.
In 2016 Christie workshopped Patch Theatre Company’s “The Moon’s a Balloon” with schoolkids in Mandurah, WA, performed with ACS as backing vocalists to the Hilltop Hoods at the Entertainment Centre and participated in the stunning “Ngeringa 24” with YAV, curated by Genevieve Lacey. Christie and Young Adelaide Voices toured Europe in June/July 2016 participating in festivals in Salzburg, Bratislava and Verona. The choir returned with three Gold Medals from the Bratislava International Youth Music Festival where Christie was also awarded the Special Prize for Best Conductor of the Festival.
Recent highlights have included performing with ACS at the Polyfollia Festival in St-Lô, France (2014) and being one of sixteen chorus members who performed all three Philip Glass operas in the Portrait Trilogy – Akhnaten, Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha with the State Opera of South Australia (2014).
Previously Christie spent four years in Norwich, UK directing the early music festival “Early Music in Late May” and she has conducted both the West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras as part of Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development program.
In 2017 Christie has been invited to be guest presenter at the Vox Mundi Festival in Timisoara, Romania, discussing children’s and youth choirs, and focussing on Young Adelaide Voices and Australian music for youth choirs. She will also be touring with Aurora to Brisbane Choralfest and Festival of Voices in Tasmania.
In Christie’s spare time she cooks, kick-boxes, and is Aunty to Jasper, Kitty and Izzy. She loves it all!