Toni Crowder is an accomplished performer and a vocal teacher in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area. She holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy and has nearly twenty years experience as a private voice teacher. Toni’s students have achieved numerous awards such as: first prize in the 2011 ICON Kennedy Center competition, State Finalist in the Bland Competition, and many First Chair All-State winners. Her voice students have also received scholarships for prestigious music schools and summer opera training programs. Check out student testimonial videos here.
While primarily teaching classical singers, Toni also trains singers in other genres including pop, country, blues, etc. Many of these singers are performing professionally and have also created studio recordings. In addition to helping her voice students achieve numerous vocal goals, she often hears from parents that taking lessons has had a significant impact on their child’s life.
“You have made such a positive change in my daughter, and I believe with all my heart that it’s because of you that she has discovered her confidence and strength!”
Soprano Toni Crowder’s performance of Mendelssohn duets with international soprano, Lucy Shelton was aired on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Other broadcasts include a performance of The Four Divas Concert at the Alexandria Lyceum Museum on Fairfax Cable’s Backstage Pass.
She has performed as a guest soloist with several area orchestras including, The Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, The Rappahannock Pops, Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra and The Georgetown University Chamber Orchestra. She sang Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder with both the Georgetown Chamber Orchestra and with pianist Betty Bullock for the National City Christian Church Concert Series.
Her credits range from the title role in the world premiere of Michael Ching’s Faith, at Operafest of New Hampshire to Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele, conducted by the Metropolitan Opera’s Joan Dornemann in Tel Aviv. Other roles include Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, and Musetta in La Boheme, as well as Violetta in La Traviata which she covered for Opera Roanoke.
The Washington Post described one of Crowder’s operatic performances as possessing “vigor andexcitement.”
She carries that vigor and excitement everywhere she goes. The Green Hedges School Clippings Magazine summed it all up this way “Toni Crowder’s “vigor and excitement” were definitely catchy leaving her mark on Green Hedges school for years to come!”
While her primary emphasis was opera, she also performed in some musical theater productions and had a successful run with her own one-woman show as Opera Clown Tessitura.
Toni Crowder, alias Opera Clown Tessitura, has entertained thousands of children at schools, libraries, museums and festivals. The zany Opera Clown and her horse Wagner create a playful introduction to the magical world of opera. In Virginia, her show has been booked through Young Audiences of Virginia and was listed in the Fairfax Arts Council Creative Arts Programs.
Tessi has performed at the Todi Music Festival in Portsmouth, Virginia, the National Federation of Music Clubs Virginia State convention, the International Classical Singer Convention in New York City, and several summers for the International Children’s Festival in Hampton, Virginia. She has serenaded children throughout the state of Virginia and on tours across the country.
Toni Crowder combines her training, including a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance/ Pedagogy from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy Music Education from Henderson State University, to create an entertaining and educational show for all ages. Ms. Crowder has also worked for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Artist-in-Education residency program. Through this program she has helped students create and produce original operas.
Toni is available for master classes, workshops performances etc. for schools, churches, and choral groups. Contact her today.
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