The Elder Conservatorium’s classical vocal school is a lively and caring community where our students enjoy a stimulating collegial environment and teaching of the highest calibre.
The staff of the Classical Voice teaching team has a wealth of experience as international performers and teachers, as well as advanced language skills and a broad knowledge of the vocal repertoire.
Classical Voice students receive 1:1 vocal tuition as well as instruction in the three major languages necessary for classical singers – Italian, German and French. There are also classes in sight-singing and specialised aural training for singers, English diction, basic grammatical structure, stagecraft and theatre skills, choral direction and use of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
The Elder Conservatorium has an outstanding choral tradition with two auditioned choirs - the Elder Conservatorium Chorale (SATB) and Bella Voce (female voices only) providing Classical Voice students with extensive ensemble skills and experience. In addition to its high profile concerts in Elder Hall, the Elder Conservatorium Chorale frequently performs with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and as part of the Adelaide Festival.
The Conservatorium has also developed a new collaboration with the State Opera of South Australia enabling all Classical Voice students to participate in operatic and music theatre productions on an annual basis. This new collaboration builds on the Conservatorium’s tradition of presenting fully staged productions. In recent years, these productions have included: Orfeo (Monteverdi), Suor Angelica (Puccini), The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), Hansel & Gretel (Humperdinck), Dido & Aeneas (Purcell) and Into the Woods (Sondheim).
Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM
Head - Voice, Opera, Conducting & Ensembles