Carl Crossin Director
Photo: Meg Hansen
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.
Carl 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.
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).
Photo: Meg Hansen
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!