The Crossing is a Grammy-winning professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. It is committed to working with creative teams to make and record new, substantial works for choir that explore and expand ways of writing for choir, singing in choir, and listening to music for choir. Many of its nearly 110 commissioned premieres address social, environmental, and political issues.

The Tower and the Garden

Released: February 12, 2021
Label: Navona Records
Composers: Toivo Tulev, Gregory Spears, Joel Puckett

Rising w/ The Crossing

Released: December 11, 2020
Label: New Focus Recordings
Composers: David Lang, Joby Talbot, Eriks Ešenvalds, Dieterich Buxtehude, Paul Fowler, Alex Berko, Ted Hearne, Santa Ratniece


Released: May 22, 2020
Label: Navona Records
Composer: James Primosch

Anonymous Man

Released: March 20, 2020
Label: Cantaloupe Music
Composer: Michael Gordon

Fire in My Mouth

Released: August 30, 2019
Label: Decca
Composer: Julia Wolfe


Released: August 23, 2019
Label: Innova Recordings
Composer: Robert Convery, Benjamin Boyle

The Arc in the Sky

Released: July 12, 2019
Label: Navona Records
Composer: Kile Smith

Evolutionary Spirits

Released: June 28, 2019
Label: Navona Records
Composers: Edie Hill, Gregory W. Brown, James Shrader, Bruce Babcock, Jonathan Sheffer, Christopher J. Hoh

Zealot Canticles

Released: September 28, 2018
Label: Innova Recordings
Composer: Lansing McLoskey

If There Were Water

Released: February 23, 2018
Label: Innova Recordings
Composers: Stratis Minakakais, Gregory W. Brown

Canticles of the Holy Wind

Released: May 12, 2017
Label: Cantaloupe Music
Composer: John Luther Adams

Sound from the Bench

Released: March 24, 2017
Label: Cantaloupe Music
Composer: Ted Hearne

Seven Responses

Released: December 14, 2016
Label: Innova Recordings
Composer: Santa Ratniece, Hans Thomalla, Caroline Shaw, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, David T. Little, Ursula Andkjær Olsen, Paul Kane

The Fifth Century

Released: November 18, 2016
Label: ECM New Series
Composer: Gavin Bryars


Spring 2023 Tour

Available: February 21 - March 5, 2023
New works from Caroline Shaw, Shara Nova, Jennifer Higdon, and more.

Echos System: Programs for socially distanced outdoor events

Available: July 1-16, 2021 & Summer 2022
A complete Month of Moderns, with three different programs of new works born of our pandemic-time-lives. Works of isolation, of social unrest, and justice, of a divided nation, and of optimism and compassion.

Carols After a Plague

The Crossing presents an ambitious new commissioning project featuring premieres from 12 composers new to the group: Leila Adu, Ambrose Akinmusire, Alex Berko, Edith Canat de Chizy, Samantha Fernando, Mary Jane Leach, Shara Nova, Joseph C. Phillips Jr., Nina Shekhar, Tyshawn Sorey, Eric Whitacre, LJ White.

A Native Hill

A Native Hill is Gavin Bryars’ most substantial work for unaccompanied choir. A concert-length musical essay based on early writings of American author and activist Wendell Berry; what may at first seem pastoral contains a powerful contemporary relevance — a metaphysical and even political force.

Anonymous Man

Anonymous Man is a concert-length work from Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon, based on conversations he has had over the past few years with homeless men who live on his street in New York City.

Beloved of the Sky

Taking its name from Tawnie Olson's work setting poetry of Canadian environmentalist and feminist Emily Carr, the program features the tour de force mash-up of Shakespeare, contemporary newspapers, and bird songs of Pelle Gudmunsen-Holmgreen, leader of the Danish Simplicity style.

How Little You are

Described by the composer Nico Muhly as "an extended meditation on the words of pioneer women of the 19th century." The five-part work, originally scored for chorus and three guitar quartets, has been reimagined in a chamber arrangement by the Dublin Guitar Quartet for The Crossing.

Canticles of the Holy Wind

John Luther Adams' concert-length work lauded by the New York Times as a "... hypnotic and ethereally beautiful invocation of wind, sky, and birdsong." This program is for 32singers.

Fire in My Mouth

Julia Wolfe's oratorio for 36 women voices and orchestra was commissioned by The New York Philharmonic and premieres in January 2019 with Jaap van Zweden conducting. The immersive and visual work explores the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 in New York that killed 146 young immigrant workers.

I Enter the Earth

Are we called today to pacifism or activism? What do we protect, the integrity of capitalism or the health of the community? The program features two works written for The Crossing, Joel Puckett’s dizzying, entrancing I enter the earth and James Primosch's Housekeeping , an exploration of the balancing effect of desire and longing on our lives on words of Marilynne Robinson.