Now that Twelfth Night has passed, we have a chance to reflect on the incredible year that was "The Crossing in 2018" and to marvel at how this all happened.  New friends, new CDs, new venues, new partners, new staff, and an amazing community of 'old' friends who keep us going as we watch the tree that is The Crossing grow and "become." 

In case you missed our 2018...

Come. Remember. Now.

A Grammy Award  * An Executive Director
Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century wins the 2018 GRAMMY Award for Best Choral Performance.

Jonathan Bradley joined The Crossing as Executive Director, pictured here with staff members Kevin Vondrak and Maren Montalbano.


Aniara workshops in Philadelphia with the Finnish team  * If There Were Water release (our 14th recording!)
The entire Aniara team sits down to a project-launch meal.


Our Chicago debut  * A Northwestern University residency  * Recording Anonymous Man at EMPAC
Gabriel Jackson's Rigwreck, with the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble (BCE) of Northwestern.

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, home to our recording of Michael Gordon's Anonymous Man.


A Ted Hearne commission becomes a Pulitzer Finalist
Our recording, Sound from the Bench, which includes Ted's Pulitzer-finalist work.


A board retreat and opportunity to celebrate our supporters.
At EMPAC in March
Major Support

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage , major funding over two years to support  Aniara: fragments of time and space

The William Penn Foundation , major funding over three years for operations

The Anne M. and Philip H. Glatfelter, III Family Foundation , continuing support over three years for increasing artists' wages

The Getty Foundation , for substantial support to commission new works

* The Ann Stookey Fund for New Music, for substantial support to commission new works

* The Barlow Foundation , for substantial support to commission new works

* Our incredible board -  Steven, Micah, Tuomi, Joanna, Mary, Cynthia, Mary, Michael, Donald, Eric, Pam, Kim, Carol, John, Elizabeth  -  for leadership and support 

The Month of Moderns  * Debuts of Ludwig-Leone, Boyle, and Smith  * A visit to the WRTI Performance Studio  * In the recording studio with three major recordings  * Aniara microsite launched
Tenors Steven Bradshaw, Nate Barnett, Mike Jones, and Dan Taylor
during The Month of Moderns.

Live from the WRTI Performance Studio.

A June afternoon at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill during The Month of Moderns.

Composer Benjamin C.S. Boyle, producer Adrian Peacock, Donald, and engineer Paul Vazquez during the recording of Voyages, June.

ANIARA: fragments of time and space

We continue on the journey of workshopping and building our choral-theater collaboration with Helsinki's Klockriketeatern and composer Rob Maggio. 

Learn more about this huge and ambitious show at

Major support for Aniara has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. 


In the studio with PARMA Recordings  * A return to Big Sky
During a break in a busy summer of recording, playing wiffle ball on the lawn at The High Point, St. Peters in the Great Valley, Malvern.

At Story Mill in Bozeman.

Big Sky

The Big Sky Choral Initiative continued its creative journey with a new paradigm in Summer 2018. All 24 members of The Crossing joined composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison to create a new work specific to this unique gathering at Big Sky. 

In addition to our annual Community Sing in Big Sky, we performed in Bozeman at Montana State University with Aoide Chamber Singers and at the Story Mill, and spent time exploring and appreciating the beautiful Montana landscape. 


Our Bozeman Debut, with Aoide Singers  * A new project with composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison
Big Sky 2018, with all 24 singers of The Crossing and video by Bill Morrison. 

Performing Caroline Shaw in an abandoned grain mill.


Debuts at the Park Avenue Armory and Peak Performance  * A return to the FringeArts in Philadelphia  * A game-changing Anonymous Gift to support recordings  * Zealot Canticles released (our 15th recording!)  * world premiere from Ted Hearne
Performing the recital "Of Arms and the Man" at FringeArts in Philadelphia, September

Performing in the Louis Comfort Tiffany-designed Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC, September 


Premieres of Spears and Primosch  * In the studio for another major recording
Composers Gregory Spears, Joel Puckett, and James Primosch at the pre-concert talk for The Tower and the Garden, October 


Video release of Ted Hearne's Animals
Performance of Animals, co-commissioned by the Park Avenue Armory and shot by Four/Ten Media.

Behind the scenes shooting Animals in September at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Germantown.


* A third consecutive Grammy nomination  * An Aniara  workshop with the Finnish production team  * A Gavin Bryars premiere  * An assistant conductor

Lansing McLoskey's Zealot Canticles, nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance - our third Grammy nomination in as many years.

Another Aniara workshop with Klockriketeatern, at Christ Church Neighborhood House in Old City, where the shows will be performed.

Christmas with The Crossing at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, December.

Kevin Vondrak appointed assistant conductor of The Crossing.


Thanks for showing up, for listening, and for going on the journey with us.  We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Photos by Kevin Vondrak and Luke Carpenter