The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally that is dedicated to new music. It is committed to working with creative teams to make and record new, substantial works that explore and expand ways of writing for choir, singing in choir, and listening to music for choir. Many of its more than 70 commissioned premieres address social, environmental, and political issues.
Highly sought-after for collaborative projects, The Crossing’s first such partnership was as the resident choir of the Spoleto Festival in Italy in 2007. Since then, collaborators have included the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), American Composers Orchestra, Network for New Music, Lyric Fest, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Beth Morrison Projects, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Mostly Mozart Festival, National Gallery of Art, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum, Institute for Advanced Study, Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, and Northwestern University. The Crossing holds an annual residency at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, Montana.
With a commitment to recording its commissions, The Crossing has issued 15 releases, receiving a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2018, its second nomination in as many years. The Crossing, with Donald Nally, was the American Composers Forum’s 2017 Champion of New Music, and received the 2015 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, three ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, and the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America.
Donald Nally is responsible for imagining, programming, commissioning, and conducting at The Crossing. He is also the director of choral organizations at Northwestern University, where he holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music. Mr. Nally has served as chorus master at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and, for many seasons, the Spoleto Festival in Italy. With The Crossing, Donald Nally was the American Composers Forum 2017 Champion of New Music; he received the 2017 Michael Korn Founders Award from Chorus America, and is the only conductor to have had two ensembles receive the Margaret Hillis Award for Excellence in Choral Music. In the 2018–19 season he served as music director for The Mile Long Opera, a David Lang work for 1,000 voices recently performed on the High Line in New York. He is a visiting resident artist at Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan.