Associate Conductor for Choral Activities
Joseph Crnko was appointed Associate Conductor for Choral Activities for Seattle Symphony in September 2007. Crnko brings a wealth of choral conducting, arranging, recording and education experience to his position. He has prepared the Seattle Symphony Chorale for numerous critically acclaimed performances, including Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Britten’s War Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem.
Crnko is currently in his 36th year as Music Director of the Northwest Choirs. During his tenure, he has established the Northwest Choirs’ reputation as one of the nation’s premier children’s choirs. Crnko tours worldwide with the elite Northwest Boychoir, most recently with concert tours throughout our nation and Europe. Under his directorship, the Northwest Boychoir has produced four top-selling Christmas recordings. In addition, the Northwest Boychoir is featured on Naxos’ release of Hans Kråsa’s children’s opera Brundibár, named by the Metropolitan Opera Guild as one of the top classical CDs of 2007. The Northwest Boychoir is also featured on Seattle Symphony’s release of Samuel Jones’ The Shoe Bird, which received a Grammy nomination in 2009. Recently the Northwest Boychoir presented the world-premiere of VEDEM, a new work by composer Lori Laitman. The Boychoir’s recording of this work was released on the Naxos label.
Over the years, Crnko has written choral arrangements for boy choirs, a number of which are now being performed by choirs nationally. His Christmas arrangements are featured in the major motion picture Millions. In addition to his work with the Northwest Choirs, Crnko regularly conducts orchestral and choral recording sessions for movie and video game soundtracks, including those for the video games Halo, Medal of Honor and World of Warcraft. Some of his recent film projects include Boondock Saints, The Celestine Prophecy, The Last Stand and Let Me In.
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