The Crossing is a 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 Crossing have received two Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance (2018, 2019), and six Grammy nominations.
The Crossing collaborates with some of the world’s most accomplished ensembles and artists, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, Toshimaru Nakamura, Beth Morrison Projects, Allora & Calzadilla, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. The choir also collaborates with some of world’s most prestigious venues and presenters, such as the Park Avenue Armory, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Menil Collection in Houston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, The Kennedy Center in Washington, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This concert features the world premiere of a work by composer Stacy Garrop, commissioned in honor of Robert G. Schneider (1953–2018), longtime choir teacher, organist, and beloved member of the Cleveland music community. Garrop’s new work is expressly for choir and organ, Bob Schneider’s two greatest passions.
Garrop’s music is centered on dramatic and lyrical storytelling, believing that the sharing of stories is a defining element of our humanity.
She served as the first Emerging Opera Composer of Chicago Opera Theater’s Vanguard Program (2018–2020) and held a 3-year composer-in-residence position with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra (2016–2019). She has received numerous awards and grants including an Arts and Letters Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Fromm Music Foundation Grant, and the Barlow Prize.
Praised as a “brilliant organist” (Dallas Morning News), an “outstanding musician” (The Diapason), and described as a “prodigy” by the New York Times at age 13, Scott Dettra is acclaimed as one of America’s leading concert organists. He combines an active performance schedule with his post as director of music at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, where he leads a vibrant music ministry in one the country’s largest Episcopal parishes. In addition to his work at Incarnation, he is a member of the organ faculty at Southern Methodist University, and organist of the Crossing. Prior to his appointment in Dallas, he was Organist of Washington National Cathedral.
The Robert G. Schneider Memorial Commission is supported by The Musart Society, the museum’s affiliate group for performing arts.