Praised for “her lovely limpid colors in good harmony with her musical intelligence” (Perform Arts Perugia), her “lovely, vibrant soprano, precise in her tuning,” and “great acting and agile vocals” (DC Metro Theater Arts), Crossley Hawn enjoys an engaging career in various styles of music in the DC area.
Commended as “outstanding” and “consistently beautiful” by Washington Classical Review, she has served as a guest soloist with ensembles including Cathedra (Pott My Song is Love Unknown), Cathedral Choral Society (Einhorn Voices of Light with Eya Ensemble), The Reston Chorale (Handel Messiah), Maryland Choral Society (Winter Missa Gaia), Maryland Summer Chorus (Vivaldi Gloria in D), and The City Choir of Washington (Charpentier Te Deum, Bartoldus Magnificat, Schütz Uppsala Magnificat, Mozart Requiem in D Minor). She looks forward to returning to sing solos with City Choir in May and November of 2020. Crossley was the winner of the 2018 Choralis Young Artist Competition, subsequently performing solos with Choralis from Vaughan-William’s Dona Nobis Pacem and Jongen’s Messe en l’honneur du Sant-Sacrement. She has performed Bach solos with Chatham Baroque, and looks forward to singing solos with them again this season.
As an ensemble singer, Crossley had the honor of performing David Lang’s Pulitzer prize winning the little match girl passion with Evolution Contemporary Music Series, with the composer in attendance. She is an active member of Eya: Ensemble for Medieval Music, an award-winning female trio specializing in early music. Crossley has also appeared with Folger Consort, Cathedra, Washington Bach Consort, Chantry, The Thirteen, The District Eight, Bridge, the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, and Clarion Choir. This season, she looks forward to working with True Concordand Kinnara for the first time.
A summa cum laude graduate of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America with an M.M. in Vocal Performance and studies in Theology, Crossley enjoys both sacred and operatic repertoire. Appearing with Summer Opera Theatre, Bel Cantanti Opera, Loudoun Lyric Opera, and The Catholic University of America, she has performed the roles of Dido in Dido and Aeneas, the Shepherd Boy in Tosca, Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Drusilla in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica, Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Serpina in La Serva Padrona, for which she was an award recipient of DC Metro Theater Arts: Best of 2016.
Other career highlights include performing solo and choral programs at the Kennedy Center, singing in chamber choirs for two Popes, performing arias by request for Sir Anthony Hopkins in Italy, serving as cantor at Justice Antonin Scalia’s Mass of Christian Burial, and taking part in the Defiant Requiem in Budapest and at Lincoln Center. She has performed world wide at concerts in Italy, Canada, Switzerland, France, England, Germany, Austria and Hungary. Crossley has been a soloist on EWTN and WETA on numerous occasions, and has been involved in a number of DC classical music recordings, including all of Gothic Catalog’s “New American Choral Music” series. She enjoys employment as a chorister and cantor with the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception under the direction of Dr. Peter Latona, and at the Washington National Cathedral under the direction of Canon Michael McCarthy. She currently serves as Project Manager for Experiential Orchestra‘s recording of Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Prison with EXO and Clarion Choir, and as an Artistic Director of Bridge, a professional vocal chamber ensemble specializing in new works for voices and early music.