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The Crossing

Philadelphia, PA            

The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. Consistently recognized in critical reviews, the ensemble regularly collaborates with some of the nation’s most accomplished ensembles and creative composers. It is committed to working with creative teams to make and record new, substantial works for choir, most often addressing social issues.

Highly sought-after for collaborative projects, The Crossing’s first collaboration was as the resident choir of the Spoleto Festival, Italy, in 2007. Regular collaborators include the International Contemporary Ensemble, American Composers Orchestra, Network for New Music, Lyric Fest, Piffaro, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Toshimaru Nakamura, Beth Morrison Projects, Allora & Calzadilla. Upcoming collaborations include the National Gallery in Washington, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Northwestern University, Harvard University, and the Park Avenue Armory. The Crossing holds an annual residency at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, Montana.

The Crossing has presented over sixty commissioned world premieres from some of the world’s leading composers, including: Michael Gordon, Lansing McLoskey, John Luther Adams, Kile Smith, David Lang, Ted Hearne, Caroline Shaw, David T. Little, Robert Maggio, Gavin Bryars, Thomas Lloyd, Hans Thomalla. With a commitment to recording their commissions, The Crossing has thirteen commercially-released recordings, with two more due to be released in early 2018.

Twice nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance (2017 and 2018), The Crossing, with Donald Nally, is the American Composers Forums’ 2017 Champion of New Music. They are the recipient of the 2015 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, three ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, as well as the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award (with composer Joel Puckett) from Chorus America. Donald Nally was awarded the 2017 Michael Korn Award and the 2012 Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal for his work with The Crossing.

The Crossing is represented by Alliance Artist Management.

Ted Hearne: Sound from the Bench–Simple Surgery (commissioned world premiere)

Movement 4 (Simple Surgery) of Ted Hearne’s Sound from the Bench performed with Taylor Levine and James Moore, electric guitars, Ron Wiltrout, percussion
Performed by The Crossing, Donald Nally, conductor

Commissioned world premiere

Recorded live, June 13, 2014 at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA

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Toivo Tulev: And then in silence there with me be only you

Toivo Tulev: And then in silence there with me be only you
Performed by The Crossing, Donald Nally, conductor

Recorded live December 19, 2014 at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA

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Gabriel Jackson: Rigwreck (commissioned world premiere)

Gabriel Jackson: Rigwreck
Performed by The Crossing, Donald Nally, conductor

Commissioned world premiere

Recorded live on June 30, 2013 at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA.

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