Background

DMA, University of Illinois

John W. Beattie Chair of Music. Director of Choral Organizations.

Donald Nally is conductor of The Crossing, the Grammy-nominated, award-winning professional chamber choir in Philadelphia focused on new music. Professor Nally has served as chorus master in many prestigious international positions including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and for many seasons at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. He has also served as music director of Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble, chorus master of The Chicago Bach Project, and has guest conducted throughout Europe and the United States; most notably with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, the Philharmonia Chorus (London), the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Latvian State Choir (Riga).
 
Professor Nally was the 2017 American Composers Forum Champion of New Music. He received the 2017 Michael Korn Founders Award 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. Additional awards include the alumni merit award from Westminster Choir College and the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America.
 
Collaborations have included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, the Barnes Foundation, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the American Composers Orchestra, and The Big Sky Conservatory in Montana where The Crossing holds an annual residency. He has collaborated a number of times with artists Allora & Calzadilla, with works at Lisson Gallery (London), The National Gallery (Osaka, Japan), the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Art Gallery of Alberta (Canada).

In the 2018-19 season he will serve as music director for The Mile Long Opera, a new David Lang work for 1000 voices on the High Line in New York; he will also serve as chorus master for Lang's prisoner of the state with the New York Philharmonic. He is a visiting resident artist at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan.

News

2019 Grammy Nominees include Bienen School faculty, alumni

December 10, 2018

Bienen School hosts third biennial new music conference April 20-22

April 3, 2018

Against all odds, a choir focused on new music prospers

March 6, 2018

Bienen School faculty, alumnus win Grammy Awards

January 29, 2018

2018 Grammy nominees include Bienen faculty

November 28, 2017

Kasdorf Gift Benefits Choral Program

September 15, 2017

​​​​Bienen School alumni win Grammys

February 13, 2017

Dunbar Festival Presents Handel’s Messiah

January 9, 2017

Grammy nominees include Bienen School faculty, alumni

December 6, 2016

Best albums of 2016 list includes Bienen School faculty

December 5, 2016

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Ensembles

Bienen Contemporary/ Early Vocal Ensemble

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University Chorale

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