DMA, University of Illinois
John W. Beattie Chair of Music. Director of Choral Organizations.
Donald Nally is conductor of The Crossing, the award-winning professional chamber choir in Philadelphia focused on new music. He is also chorus master of The Chicago Bach Project, an annual performance of the Bach masterworks. Professor Nally has served in many prestigious international positions: as chorus master at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and for many seasons at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Under his direction, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia won the 2002 Margaret Hillis National Award for Excellence in Choral Music. He has also served as music director of Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble and has guest conducted throughout Europe and the United States, most notably with the Philharmonia Chorus (London) and the Latvian State Choir (Riga).
In 2012 Professor Nally received both the alumni merit award from Westminster Choir College and the 2012 Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America. His book Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt was published in 2011. In the past season, The Crossing was heard in Disney Hall with the LA Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra, Lincoln Center with eighth blackbird, TILT Brass and Jack Quarter, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.