December 11, 2018

More Information:
For Media Only: Jessica A. Kaufman (585-274-1057, jkaufman@esm.rochester.edu)

decorative imageSeveral graduates and a faculty member of the Eastman School of Music have received nominations in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.’s 61st GRAMMY Awards: 

  • Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Steve Gadd (BM68), The Steve Gadd Band
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album: The Subject Tonight is Love, with Gary Versace, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at Eastman School of Music
  • Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: John Hollenbeck (BM90 MM91), All Can Work
  • Best Musical Theater Album: Carousel, featuring Renée Fleming (MM83)
  • Producer of the Year Classical: Blanton Alspaugh, credits include Three Way (opera by Rob Paterson (BM95); David Frost, credits include Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier with Renée Fleming (MM83) and Erin Morley (BM02)
  • Best Opera Recording: John Adams, Doctor Atomic with Julia Bullock (BM09); R. Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier with Renée Fleming (MM83) and Erin Morley (BM02)
  • Best Solo Vocal Album: Schubert Winterreise with Randall Scarlata (BM92); Songs of Orpheus with Karim Sulayman (BM98).
  • Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Mazzoli, Vespers for Violin, with Olivia De Prato (BM05)

Eastman also has several alumni included in the following orchestras that played on nominated albums, including: the Pittsburgh, Seattle, Boston, and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Santa Fe and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras, as well as D.J. Sparr who played a guitar concerto on ‘Spiritualist’- up for Best Classical Compendium.

As the world’s leading society of music professionals, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. is dedicated to celebrating, honoring, and sustaining music’s past, present, and future. Winners of the Recording Academy’s 61st GRAMMY Awards will be announced on Sunday, February 10, 2019, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/5–8:30 pm PT. 

About Eastman School of Music: 

The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.

About 900 students are enrolled in Eastman’s Collegiate Division—about 550 undergraduate and 350 graduate students. Students come from almost every state, and approximately 25 percent are from other countries. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members. Six alumni and three faculty members have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, and numerous alumni and faculty have received Grammy Awards. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 800 concerts to the Rochester community.

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