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 art form 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

    Bella Voce is not being run in 2023

    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.

  • Auditioning for the choirs

    Both choirs are open to anyone with choral experience – Conservatorium students, other University students and members of the wider community.

    Auditions for these ensembles are held during O'Week, sign up for an audition time using this Googledoc.

    Choral audition requirements.

    Any questions regarding these auditions should be directed to Associate Professor Carl Crossin.