Tom Crawford
Contact Info
Mail: 2910 Rio Grande Street
Austin, Texas 78705
1826 West Evergreen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Phone: (773) 580-7491
About Me
As the site title implies, I'm a countertenor (though I originally trained as a baritone and still enjoy working that part of my range). I sing regularly in Texas and in the Chicago area, with various ensembles and as a soloist. My greatest musical love is Medieval and Renaissance polyphony, but I also enjoy performing the great works of the Baroque. For details, see my resumé (last updated September 2014). In my other life, I am an astrophysicist.
Musical Background For the past ten years, I have studied voice with soprano Ellen Hargis. I have also studied voice with Patrick Craig of the Tallis Scholars and studied Medieval and Renaissance performance practice with Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars, with members of the Newberry Consort and with Robert Harre-Jones and Francis Steele. I originally trained as a baritone, singing (among other places) with the Chicago Symphony Chorus for nine years. Among the ensembles I currently perform with are Schola Antiqua of Chicago, which was Ensemble in Residence at the University of Chicago in 2006-2007 and is currently Ensemble in Residence at the Lumen Christi Institute of Chicago, and The Texas Early Music Project, I recently appeared in Haymarket Opera's critically acclaimed production of Charpentier's La descente d'Orphée aux enfers and in two performances of The Cantigas de Santa Maria with Ellen Hargis and The Newberry Consort. In the summer of 2010, I founded King Solomon's Singers, a new ensemble devoted to the performance of Renaissance polyphony and chant. Our most recent recording, Out of the Shadows: Sacred Music of Francisco Guerrero and Thomas Crecquillon is available on CD or via digital download at cdbaby, Amazon, and iTunes, and has been featured on WORT's Musica Antiqua.
  • Cipriano de Rore's Descendi in hortum meum performed by King Solomon's Singers in their debut concert Sacred and Profane Love.
  • Francisco Guerrero's Regina caeli laetare (for 8 voices) performed by King Solomon's Singers on their recording Out of the Shadows: Sacred Music by Francisco Guerrero and Thomas Crecquillon. (More King Solomon's Singers clips here and here.)
  • Monteverdi's Non è di gentil core (duet with Jennifer Haworth) from The Opera Company's Mary/Maria.
  • Alieni boni indvidia, three-part Roman de Fauvel motet (with Mike Anderson and Matt Dean of Schola Antiqua).
  • Links
  • King Solomon's Singers
  • Schola Antiqua of Chicago
  • Texas Early Music Project
  • Haymarket Opera
  • The Newberry Consort
  • Chicago Chorale
  • The Opera Company
  • Early Music Chicago
  • La Maison Verte Musique
  • Tallis Scholars Summer Schools