The Big Sky Choral Initiative
Gavin Bryars and a new program in conducting
Week 1: Singers and Composers
Week 2: Conductors and Singers
The Crossing returns to Big Sky, Montana in July, but with a twist; we're adding a conductors' week! Two weeks in Montana living with new music in the beauty and air of the Montana mountains.
Week 1: Gavin Bryars in residence with Composing and Singing Fellows, July 16-23
This week features world-renowned British composer Gavin Bryars in an immersive program that has already proved to be both popular and enormously successful. Twelve Singing Fellows will join twelve members of The Crossing to explore contemporary music for choirs and the new works written for the Initiative by Five Composing Fellows, who will study with Gavin and workshop their works with The Crossing and Donald Nally. It all leads to a performance with the premieres of those works, music of Gavin, and additional recent works.
Week 2: Donald Nally mentors eight Conducting Fellows, with Singing Fellows, July 23-30
In this week, we'll bring eight Conducting Fellows together to conduct, sing, and live with the music of The Crossing. A unique opportunity to study conducting with Donald Nally. Eight advanced conductors conducting 12 singers of The Crossing, plus Singing Fellows, in literature of the 20th and 21st centuries - mentored by Donald, who heads the graduate conducting program at Northwestern University.