Clockwise from top left: The Crossing, Third Coast Percussion, Michael Hawes, JACK Quartet, Giancarlo Guerrero.

For the sixth consecutive year, Bienen School Director of Choral Organizations Donald Nally and his new-music choir The Crossing have received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Choral Performance. This latest nomination recognizes Rising w/The Crossing, an album of live concert recordings featured in The Crossing’s pandemic-inspired project of the same name.

Several alumni singers perform on Rising w/The Crossing, including Gabrielle Barkidjija ’18, ’20 MMus, Micah Dingler ’09 MMus, Robert Eisentrout ’15, Dimitri German ’16 MMus, Michael Jones ’14 MMus, Chelsea Lyons ’17 MMus, James Reese ’15, Kyle Sackett ’15 MMus, Stephen Spinelli ’19 DMA, and Elisa Sutherland ’12, ’14 MMus, with Kevin Vondrak ’17 MMus as assistant conductor. The album also includes performances by the International Contemporary Ensemble and Quicksilver Baroque with Julie Andrijeski ’86 MMus.

This marks Nally’s seventh nomination to date. He has twice won the Grammy for Best Choral Performance with The Crossing—in 2018 for The Fifth Century and in 2019 for Zealot Canticles. He received nominations in 2020 for Carthage, in 2019 for Voyages and The Arc in the Sky, and in 2016 for Bonhoeffer.

Also nominated for Best Choral Performance is Benedict Sheehan’s Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom with the Saint Tikhon Choir. The album features alumnus Michael Hawes ’14, ’16 MMus as baritone soloist.

Third Coast Percussion—with alumni Sean Connors ’06 MMus, Robert Dillon ‘02, Peter Martin ’04 MMus, ’11 DMus, and David Skidmore ’05—received three nominations for Archetypes with Sérgio and Clarice Assad: Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and Best Engineered Album, Classical. Third Coast Percussion won a Grammy in 2017 for Steve Reich and was nominated in 2020 for Perpetulum and in 2021 for Fields.

JACK Quartet’s recording of John Luther Adams’s Lines Made by Walking received a nomination for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. The quartet includes alumni violinists Austin Wulliman ’08 MMus, along with violinist Christopher Otto, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell. Their concept album Imaginist with the Le Boeuf Brothers was nominated for a Grammy in 2018.

Giancarlo Guerrero '92 MMus, music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, was nominated for Best Orchestral Performance for John Adams’s My Father Knew Charles Ives/Harmonielehre. This is Guerrero’s tenth nomination to date. He has previously won six Grammy Awards with the Nashville Symphony.

Northwestern School of Communication alumna Kathryn Hahn ’95 was featured on the WandaVision song “Agatha All Along,” nominated in the category of Best Song Written for Visual Media.

The Recording Academy will present the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, January 31. See a full list of nominees


  • Donald Nally
  • percussion
  • conducting
  • strings