Head Vocal Coach
Maestro Crawford, having completed 9 years on the conducting staff of the Metropolitan Opera with performances of La Bohème, has embarked on an active conducting career and continues to run one of the most successful vocal coaching studios in New York City. Beginning with Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Prelude to Performance in New York City, he has since conducted Don Giovanni with Dayton Opera, Otello with Vero Beach Opera, The Medium/Pagliacci with Syracuse Opera, the professional premiere of Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo with the Remarkable Theatre Brigade, La Boheme with the Inwood Shakespeare Festival, Otello with Louisville Opera, and Turandot with Dayton opera. He recently conducted Kirke Meecham’s Tartuffe in Portland OR, and earlier La Cenerentola with the Cincinnati Opera, where he had been called "the find of the evening" for stepping in on twelve hours notice to conduct Il Barbiere di Siviglia, simultaneously accompanying the recitatives on the fortepiano.
After working as Music Director of the Illinois Opera Theatre, Maestro Crawford was engaged as resident conductor of the Florida Grand Opera for five years. During that time, he conducted fifteen different productions, working with such great artists as Sherill Milnes, Carol Neblett, Justino Diaz, and Barbara Daniels. Maestro Crawford has also conducted productions for Chautauqua Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Nevada Opera and Opera Northeast. Upon his arrival in New York City, he was immediately engaged by the Metropolitan Opera Guild as Music Director for their production of a newly commissioned opera for young people.
An excellent symphonic conductor and proponent of contemporary music, Maestro Crawford was engaged by the New York Philharmonic as cover conductor for Maestro Kurt Masur for the American premiere of Minoru Miki's Symphony for Two Worlds. During the '98 season, he made his New York City conducting debut in the NYC City premiere of A Chekov Trilogy by Richard Wargo. Before leaving South Florida, he was asked to conduct the New World Symphony in the Concerto for Saxophone by Don Martino and returned the following year as guest soloist for the world premiere of John Nelson's Fantasies and Flourishes, an interactive concerto for disklavier and orchestra.
Maestro Crawford continues to have an active career in accompanying when his conducting schedule permits. He has in the past accompanied Justino Diaz and Pablo Elvira in Puerto Rico, Aprile Millo in Sao Paolo, Richard Cowan on Belle Île en Mer, and Ortrun Wenkel and Håkan Hagegåard in Miami. Recently, he was the recipient of Classical Singer magazine’s Vocal Coach of the Year award.