DMA, University of Illinois

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

Donald Nally is conductor of The Crossing, the Grammy-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).

Donald has recently been visiting resident artist at the Park Avenue Armory, music director of David Lang's 1000-voice Mile Long Opera on the High Line in Manhattan, and chorus master for the New York Philharmonic for world premieres of Julia Wolfe and David Lang. 


Bienen Institute for New Music welcomes David T. Little and Judd Greenstein

April 3, 2019

2019 Grammy Award winners include Bienen School faculty, alumna

February 11, 2019

Q&A: Donald Nally talks third consecutive Grammy nomination

February 6, 2019

Nally premieres ‘Fire in my mouth,’ with NY Philharmonic

January 23, 2019

Angelic Voices For Troubled Times

January 17, 2019

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

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