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. The group has issued 29 releases, receiving three Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance and eight Grammy nominations.
The Crossing's project, The Gulf (between you and me), commissioned Santa Fe composer Chris Jonas, experimental, Philadelphia-based composer Gene Coleman, and internally recognized British composer Gabriel Jackson to write new choral works. These compositions were based on a cycle of poems by French-American writer Pierre Joris, which address the increasing gap between humans and the natural environment. Jonas' work was paired with a video by artist and animator Dan Cole, and Philadelphia composer Coleman collaborated with Japanese sound artist Toshimaru Nakamura on a work that incorporated natural sounds heard in the Gulf of Mexico. Ancillary activities included a reading by Joris and performances by Jonas' quartet Sun Spits Cherries and Coleman's ensemble N_JP. The project culminated in performances and a recording of the three works, and was the centerpiece of The Crossing's 2013 Month of Moderns annual concert series.