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The Choir

Katy Avery, Jessica Beebe, Julie Bishop, Kelly Ann Bixby, Elijah Blaisdell, Karen Blanchard, Steven Bradshaw, Maren Montalbano Brehm, Sharon Byrne, Malcolm Cooper, Colin Dill, Micah Dingler, Hannah Dixon McConnell, Robert Eisentrout, Allie Faulkner, Ryan Fleming, Joanna Gates, Dimitri German, Barbara Hill, Rebecca Myers Hoke, Steven Hyder, Michael Jones, Nickolas Karageorgiou, Heather Kayan, Heidi Kurtz, Mark Laseter, Frank Mitchell, Daniel O'Dea, Rebecca Oehlers, Christine Papania, Alexandra Porter, James Reese, Kyle Sackett, Daniel Schwartz, Rebecca Siler, Daniel Spratlan, Ryan Strand, Elisa Sutherland, Daniel Taylor, Jason Weisinger, Jackson Williams, Shari Alise Wilson

Rehearsal accompanist— John Grecia
Organist— Scott Dettra
Assistant Conductor
Steven Gearhart

Guest Accompanists— Laura Ward and Ken Lovett
Conductor
Donald Nally

DONALD NALLY

Donald Nally is responsible for imagining, programming, commissioning, and conducting at The Crossing.  He is also director of choral organizations at Northwestern University and chorus master of The Chicago Bach Project. He has held distinguished tenures as chorus master for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Spoleto USA, and for many seasons at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. He has served as artistic director of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati and the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia. Among the many ensembles Donald has guest conducted are the Latvian State Choir in Riga, the Grant Park Symphony Chorus in Chicago, the Philharmonic Chorus of London, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. His ensembles have sung with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Spoleto USA, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, and ICE; his work is heard on numerous recordings on the Chandos, Navona, and Innova record labels. Donald is the recipient of the distinguished alumni merit award from Westminster Choir College and the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America; he is the only conductor to have two ensembles receive the Margaret Hillis Award for Excellence in Choral Music - in 2002 with The Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, and in 2015 with The Crossing. His book, Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt, was published in 2011.

You can reach Donald at donald@crossingchoir.com

 

steven gearhart

Steven Gearhart is responsible for all things organizational and administrative at The Crossing and moonlights as our assistant conductor. He has been our Managing Director since 2014, previously Operations Manager, and longtime member of the bass section. Steven also serves on music faculty at Arcadia University where he directs three choirs. He has extensive administrative experience, previously working on the artistic and administrative staffs of The Opera Company of Philadelphia and Commonwealth Youthchoirs. Prior to his recent work with The Crossing, he worked as Chorus Master of Boston Lyric Opera and Yale Opera, and has appeared with such ensembles as Chorus Pro Musica (Boston), The Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, and Singing City Children’s Chorus. Steven holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.M. in Choral Conducting from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music.

You can reach Steven at steven@crossingchoir.com

 

john grecia

John Grecia is responsible for holding it all together musically at The Crossing. Our accompanist since 2007, he has an active career as a pianist, organist, conductor and educator. He has served as director of music at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore, PA since January 2000. He also works as a collaborative pianist within the music departments of Saint Joseph’s University, West Chester University, and Overbrook School for the Blind. On the other side of the musical coin, John is a professional pianist, vocalist, songwriter, and frequent performer working in the Philadelphia pop/rock music scene. A debut album of original music entitled Thirteen (John Grecia Band) was released in October 2011. John maintains a busy performing schedule, playing hundreds of shows/performing engagements each year. He holds a B.S. in Music Education and a M.M. in Choral Conducting from West Chester University.

 

scott dettra

Scott Dettra is responsible for handling the king of instruments whenever the organ is called upon in our programming - he has been with The Crossing since our start in 2005. Scott combines an active concert schedule with his post as Director of Music at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas, where he oversees one of the largest traditional Anglican music programs in the country. Prior to this recent appointment, he was Organist and Associate Director of Music for five years at Washington National Cathedral, where he served as principal organist and assisted with the direction of the Cathedral choirs. Recent and upcoming performances include recital appearances in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, San Diego, Phoenix, Austin, Winnipeg, Barbados, and Essen, Germany. Festival appearances include the Lincoln Center Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Arizona Bach Festival, the Bermuda Music Festival, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Majestus, his most recent recording on the Loft label, features large-scale organ favorites performed on the Great Organ of Washington National Cathedral. Tongues of Fire features French music performed on the 325-rank organ of the Cadet Chapel at West Point, and may be found on the Pro Organo label.

Scott holds two degrees from Westminster Choir College and also studied jazz piano at Manhattan School of Music. He previously held positions at St. Paul’s Parish, K Street in Washington; St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia; Trinity Church, Princeton; and as accompanist of the American Boychoir.