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Toni Crowder, Author & Teacher

Toni Crowder taught on the voice faculty at Randolph-Macon College and she has been a      guest clinician at schools across the state of Virginia.


Her background and training as a Music Educator, Music Therapist, CYVT (certified YogaVoice® practitioner) and RYT-200 (Yoga Alliance Registered 200-hour yoga teacher) helped her create an award-winning vocal studio

Recently, as a result of her own mindfulness of singing journey, Toni has been creating original compositions, singing light jazz, and accompanying herself on the piano for live music venues.

  • Toni Crowder’s most notable role is her original one-woman show as the bright-nosed, goofy-stockinged, song-slinging Opera Clown Tessitura. Through bookings and partnerships with Young Audiences of Virginia, The Virginia National Federation of Music Club, Opera Roanoke, and the Fairfax Arts Council Creative Arts Roster, she entertained thousands of children and adults at schools, libraries, museums, and festivals across the state of Virginia. Highlights from her tours include performing for the Todi Music Festival Portsmouth, (sister program to Todi Italy) Classical Singer international singer convention in New York, and tours throughout Washington D. C., New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, Maryland, New Hampshire, and Arkansas.

  • Toni has performed as a guest soloist with various orchestras including, Ra’anana Orchestra Tel Aviv, The Albany Symphony, The Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony, The Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, The Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, and The Georgetown University Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Crowder has sung in Italy with diverse performances at the Villa Contarini, Monselice, singing the role of Santuzza from Cavalleria Rusticana, as well as concerts at the Basicilica di S. Maria Assunta in Bango di Romagna and the Chiesa di San Martino in Este with internationally acclaimed tenor Maurizio Saltarin.

  • As an Artist-in-Residence, she has helped students from extremely diverse backgrounds create and produce original operas. Her residencies were sponsored through the Virginia Commission of the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Crowder’s residency work was recognized through the Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond Channel Five News, and The Free Lance Star, Fredericksburg, VA. The Virginia Music Educators Association and the National Federation of Music Clubs featured her as a guest clinician to present about her residence experiences.

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