Assistant Professor of Music
Andrew Crooks joins the Lawrence opera faculty having worked in Germany since 2010, first at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and most recently at the Komische Oper Berlin, where he held the position of Deputy Chorus Master. While at the Komische Oper he was in sole-charge of chorus preparation for several operas including critically-acclaimed productions of Massenet’s Cendrillon and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. He was also heavily involved in the musical preparation of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron, for which the Komische Oper chorus was awarded the title of “Chor des Jahres” (Chorus of the Year) by the Opernwelt magazine in 2015. Andrew assisted on over 80 different operas and worked with conductors such as Donald Runnicles, Henrik Nánási, Alberto Zedda and Sir Simon Rattle, and directors including Barrie Kosky, David Alden, Robert Carsen and Graham Vick.
Andrew has served as faculty coach for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz and the Sankt Goar International Festival and Academy and also has experience as conductor, most recently for Opera Otago’s Le Nozze di Figaro. He looks forward to future collaborations as conductor with Puccini’s Toaster, a ‘pop-up opera’ organization in Berlin.
In 2012 Andrew founded the Metamorphos Ensemble Berlin, an ‘artist collective’ of over one hundred singers and instrumentalists. The initial idea behind this group was to resurrect the old Berlin salon and house concert tradition (with a special focus on art song and chamber music), to enjoy making music together in a more intimate, less pressure-filled environment, to seek new collaborations between artists of all art forms, and to create performance opportunities for young singers in Berlin.
Andrew completed a BM/BA double-degree from the University of Otago (New Zealand) with majors in piano & oboe performance as well as German language and literature. He holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Indiana University and an Artist Diploma in opera coaching from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
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