Donald Nally

Professor, Conducting and Ensembles

nally@northwestern.edu
847-491-3498

Donald Nally
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 is 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. In the 2017-18 season, he will collaborate as guest director with Lisson Gallery (London), The Cathedral Choral Society (Washington, D.C.), Haymarket Opera (Chicago), David Lang’s The Mile Long Opera (on the High Line in New York City), and is visiting resident artist at the Park Avenue Armory.

ENSEMBLES

Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble
University Chorale