Eastman School Of Music Alumni And Faculty Receive GRAMMY Nominations

December 2, 2020

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 63rd GRAMMY Awards: 

  • Best Engineered Album, Classical: Hynes: Fields, Third Coast Percussion, mastering engineers, featuring Sean Connors ’04E
  • Producer of the Year, Classical: Blanton Alspaugh, credits include Smyth: The Prison, with Sarah Brailey ’04E; Jesse Lewis, credits include Gunn: The Ascendant with Roomful of Teeth featuring Martha Cluver ’03E and Eric Dudley ’01E as well as Hynes: Fields with Third Coast Percussion and Lang, D: Love Fail with Lorelei Ensemble featuring Sarah Brailey ’04E; Elaine Martone, Bound For The Promised Land, credits include Jessye Norman HNR’13
  • Best Choral Performance, Classical: Moravec: Sanctuary Road with Malcolm J. Merriweather ’10E (MM)
  • Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance, Classical: Contemporary Voices with Pacifica Quartet featuring Brandon Vamos ’92E; Hynes: Fields with Third Coast Percussion
  • Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: A Lad’s Love, featuring Brian Giebler ’10E; Smyth: The Prison featuring Sarah Brailey ’04E
  • Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Gregg August ‘87E, Dialogues On Race; John Hollenbeck ’90E, ’91E (MM) with Eastman Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media, Gary Versace, Songs You Like A Lot; Maria Schneider ’85E (MM) with orchestra featuring Gary Versace, Data Lords
  • Best Instrumental Composition: Maria Schneider ’85E (MM) composer, Sputnik
  • Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Black Hole Rainbow, Bob Ludwig ’66E, ’01E (MM), mastering engineer
Eastman also has several alumni included in the following orchestras that played on nominated albums, including: the Albany, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Iceland, Kansas City, Nashville, National, San Francisco, and Seattle Symphonies, and the Buffalo Philharmonic, Lyrica Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, and the St. Luke’s Orchestra, among others.

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 63rd GRAMMY Awards will be announced on Sunday, January 31, 2021 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.

More than 900 students are enrolled in the Collegiate Division of the Eastman School of Music—about 500 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. They come from almost every state, and approximately 23 percent are from other countries. They are taught by a faculty comprised of more than 130 highly regarded performers, composers, conductors, scholars, and educators. They are Pulitzer Prize winners, Grammy winners, Emmy winners, Guggenheim fellows, ASCAP Award recipients, published authors, recording artists, and acclaimed musicians who have performed in the world’s greatest concert halls. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 900 concerts to the Rochester community.