July 5, 2016: My next guest and I have known each other for nearly a quarter century, the internationally acclaimed conductor Donald Nally. Having performed in many of his choirs while an undergraduate student at West Chester University in the mid 90’s, and playing and arranging percussion for him outside of the academic setting, my musical life has been incredibly enriched.
In this episode we learn about Donald’s love-affair with the saxophone, the effect that great (and not-so-great) teachers had on his career path, splitting his time between Philadelphia and Chicago, The Crossing choir, and his early experiences performing with Robert Shaw and Leonard Bernstein.
Donald Nally is conductor of The Crossing, the GRAMMY award-winning professional chamber choir in Philadelphia focused on new music. He is also chorus master of The Chicago Bach Project and Director of Choral Organizations at Northwestern University.
Northwestern Bienen School of Music
Donald and Sean, West Chester University 1994