Big Sky Choral Initiative

JULY 29th - August 12th, 2018

The Big Sky Choral Initiative continues its creative journey with a new paradigm for Summer 2018.  All 24 members of The Crossing will join composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison to create a new work specific to this unique gathering at Big Sky.  The work draws on the land of Montana - its history, beauty, struggles, and expanse - as inspiration for this hour-long work for unaccompanied choir and film.  


Concentrating all our efforts on this new piece, The Choral Initiative will therefore not be accepting applications for Singing, Composing, or Conducting Fellows as in the past. 


The Crossing will have its annual Big Sky Community Sing Saturday morning August 4 and will give a concert of music by David Lang and Eriks Esenvalds that evening in Bozeman.  The premiere of Gordon and Morrison's new work will be Friday evening, August 10.








Donald Nally conducts The Crossing.  He is also John W. Beattie Chair of Music and director of choral organizations at Northwestern University.  He has held distinguished tenures as chorus master for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Spoleto USA, and for many seasons at the Spoleto Festival in Italy.  He has served as artistic director of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati and the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.  Among the many ensembles Donald has guest conducted are the Latvian State Choir in Riga, the Grant Park Symphony Chorus in Chicago, the Philharmonia Chorus of London, and the Santa Fe Desert Choral.  His ensembles have sung with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Spoleto USA, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, and ICE; his work is heard on numerous recordings on ECM, CHandos, Navona, Albany, and Innova record labels.  Donald is the recipient of the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America; he is the only conductor to have two ensembles receive the Margaret Hillis Award for Excellence in Choral Music - in 2002 with The Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, and in 2015 with The Crossing.  His book, Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt, was published in 2011.




The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music.  Formed by a group of friends in 2005, the ensemble’s reputation has since grown exponentially and “has made a name for itself in recent years as a champion of new music.” (The New York Times, 2/14). Consistently recognized in critical reviews, The Crossing has been hailed as “ardently angelic” (Los Angeles Times, 4/14) and “something of a miracle” (The Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/14).  Highly sought-after for collaborative projects, The Crossing has sung with the Los Angeles Philarhomic, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the American Composers Orchestra, Network for New Music, Lyric Fest, the baroque orchestra Quicksilver, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Toshimaru Nakamura, and The Rolling Stones. The ensemble has sung at Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Upcoming collaborations include National Sawdust in Brooklyn, the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Cleveland Art Museum, Colgate and Harvartd Universities, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.  They premiered John Luther Adams' Sila: the breath of the world at Lincoln Center in collaboration with the Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival, eighth blackbird, Jack Quartet, and TILT brass. 

The Crossing has an ongoing commitment to recording the many works they commission; they appear on the Innova, Navona, Albany, and ECM labels.  The ensemble is the recipient of the 2015 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, two ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, as well as the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America.

The Crossing is represented by Alliance Artists Management.