Elder Conservatorium Choirs (Classical)
The Choral Program at the Elder Conservatorium of Music is unique in Australian tertiary music education in both structure and scale. The Program is based on the fundamental principle that ensemble work is an essential part of a musician's education at any level.
Choral music is one of the most universal of musical genres and is an artform that possesses a diversity like no other. At any level - from amateur to professional – choral singing involves artistic expression using the most natural and elemental of all instruments - the human voice.
Carl Crossin OAM has been Head of Choral Music at the Conservatorium since 2002 when the current choral program was initiated. He is also Artistic Director and Conductor of Adelaide Chamber Singers and was awarded an OAM for his services to music (choral music in particular) in the 2007 Australia Day Honours List.
- Elder Conservatorium Chorale
The Elder Conservatorium Chorale draws its membership from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, the University of Adelaide at large, other universities, and from the wider community.
Conductor, Carl Crossin OAM
The Chorale performed at Australia’s national Choralfest 2004 and, in recent years, has performed a wide variety of major choral works, both unaccompanied and with orchestra. These include:
- Barber's Agnus Dei
- Bernstein's Chichester Psalms
- Nigel Butterley's The True Samaritan
- Mozart's Requiem
- Verdi's Requiem
- Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony
- Michael Tippet's A Child of Our Time
- Handel's Israel in Egypt
- J. S. Bach's Johannes Passion.
The Chorale is also the core of the Adelaide Symphony Chorus and has given major performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, Brahms’ German Requiem, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Mahler’s 2nd and 3rd symphonies with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arvo Volmer.
Chorale (as the core of the Adelaide Symphony Chorus) also joined forces with choirs from around Australia and the Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras for a performance of Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand as part of the 2010 Adelaide Festival.
- Bella Voce
Formed in 2002, Bella Voce is the Elder Conservatorium of Music’s women’s choir. It was formed principally to build ensemble and musical skills while exploring a wide range of SSA and SSAA repertoire. Past performances by Bella Voce have included A Ceremony of Carols & Missa Brevis in D by Benjamin Britten and Songs for Female Voices & Harp by Brahms.
- Adelaide Voices
Not offered in 2018.
Formed in 2002, Adelaide Voices performed at Australia’s major biennial choral festival, ChoralFest 2002 in Brisbane. It has also joined forces with Adelaide Chamber Singers and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on several occasions for performances by composers as diverse as Bach, Mozart, Pärt and Messiaen.
- Auditioning for the Choirs
In addition to the Voice students at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, all three choirs welcome all music students (non-voice majors), non-music students (from other faculties and other universities), and members of the public.
Auditions for Conservatorium students are held in Orientation Week each year - see the University's O'Week website for session times. Ad hoc auditions can also be arranged throughout the academic year. All queries should be directed to Carl Crossin.
The audition has three components:
You will be asked to sing a short, lyrical and unaccompanied song of your choice. This is to hear you sing musical phrases, engage with text, and to get some idea of your vocal tone, range and voice type within a musical context.
- Aural tests
You will be asked to sing the middle note of several (progressively challenging) three-note chords.
- Sight reading
The sight reading part of the audition is relatively straight forward. Difficulty is not the issue here - this is just to see how well you can read music in a vocal context.