Tom Crawford
Contact Info
Mail: 2544 N. Ridgeway Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
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 the Chicago area and nationally, 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 2016). In my other life, I am an astrophysicist.
Musical Background For the past twelve 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 have recently performed with are The Rookery Men's Choir, Schola Antiqua 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, in a semi-staged performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with La Follia Austin Baroque (winner of the Austin Critics' Table Award for Ensemble Performance), in three performances of The Cantigas de Santa Maria with Ellen Hargis and The Newberry Consort, and in the premiere of James Kallembach's St. John Passion. 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.
  • 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.)
  • Agnus Dei from Josquin's Missa de Beata Virgine, performed by Schola Antiqua of Chicago.
  • Cipriano de Rore's Descendi in hortum meum performed by King Solomon's Singers in their debut concert Sacred and Profane Love.
  • Monteverdi's Non è di gentil core (duet with Jennifer Haworth) from The Opera Company's Mary/Maria.
  • Links
  • King Solomon's Singers
  • Schola Antiqua of Chicago
  • Texas Early Music Project
  • Haymarket Opera
  • The Newberry Consort
  • Austin Baroque Orchestra
  • La Follia Austin Baroque
  • Chicago Chorale
  • The Opera Company
  • Early Music Chicago
  • La Maison Verte Musique
  • Tallis Scholars Summer Schools