The Crossing is a professional chamber choir of twenty-four voices, conducted by Donald Nally. Formed by a group of friends in 2005 who sang with Nally in Philadelphia and Italy, The Crossing has grown to become a vital part of Philadelphia’s cultural scene, presenting innovative programs, establishing a summer new music festival, and making two acclaimed recordings. The Philadelphia Inquirer has named The Crossing “Philadelphia's best chorus” (David Patrick Stearns, January 2008) and has listed their concerts in each of the past two years as among the “Best Classical Events of the Year.” Winner of both the 2009 and 2011 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming from Chorus America, The Crossing is one of the only professional choirs in the world dedicated to singing exclusively new and recently-composed works. Frequently invited to collaborate, The Crossing has recorded Kile Smith’s Vespers with Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, and is collaborating on projects with Lyric Fest, Ensemble N_JP, and Network for New Music, as well as commissioned premieres by Kile Smith, Francis Pott, and Lewis Spratlan. Recent world premieres have included Smith, David Lang, ?riks Ešenvalds, Gabriel Jackson, Kamran Ince, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Paul Fowler, Lansing McLoskey, and David Shapiro.