Eastman School of Music Alumni Receive GRAMMY Nominations

December 1, 2021

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For Media Inquiries: Eastman Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator: Katey Padden (585-274-1052, kpadden@esm.rochester.edu)

Grammy NominationsSeveral graduates of the Eastman School of Music have received nominations in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.’s 64th GRAMMY Awards:

  • Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Steve Gadd ‘68EAt Blue Note Tokyo
  • Best Instrumental Composition: Tom Nazziola ‘88ECat and Mouse
  • Best Opera Performance: Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmeliteswith soprano Erin Morley ‘02E
    • produced by a Producer of the Year nominee, David Frost
  • Best Choral Performance: Mahler Symphony No. 8 with soprano Erin Morley;
    The Singing Guitar performers include the Texas Guitar Quartet with Jay Kacherski ‘05E
  • Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance: John Luther Adams: Lines Made by Walking with JACK Quartet; including John Pickford Richards ‘02E, ‘04E (MM), viola and Christopher Otto ‘06E, cello; Third Coast Percussion: Archetypes with Sean Connors ’04E
  • Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Dreams of a New Day, Paul Sanchez ‘09E (MM), 13E (DMA), piano
  • Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Curtis Stewart ‘08E, Of Power
  • Best Immersive Audio Album: Clique, Bob Ludwig ‘66E, ’01 (MM), immersive mastering engineer
  • Best Solo Vocal Album: Confessions with Joy Schreier ‘03E (DMA) 
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Skyline, Ron Carter ’59E
  • Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Third Coast Percussion: Archetypes with Sean Connors ’04E
  • Best Engineered Album Classical: Third Coast Percussion: Archetypes with Sean Connors ’04E

Eastman also has several alumni included in the following ensembles that played on nominated albums, including: the Nashville, San Francisco, and Seattle Symphonies, and the Metropolitan Opera as well as the United States Army Field Band.

See the full list of GRAMMY Nominees here

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 64th GRAMMY Awards will be announced on Monday, January 31, 2022 broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/5–8:30 pm PT.

The three-semester-long Eastman Centennial celebration began in Fall 2021 and continues throughout 2022. Highlights include acclaimed guest artists performing alongside Eastman’s ensembles; national academic and music conferences; alumni events throughout the country; a documentary being produced in partnership with WXXI, and more. Pillar events include: “Opening of the Doors,” a community-driven celebration scheduled for March 3-6, 2022; “100 concerts to celebrate 100 years”; and a Meliora Weekend celebration in Fall 2022.

For up-to-date information on the Eastman Centennial, including feature stories, future events, videos, testimonials, ways to engage, and more, please visit our Centennial website at https://www.esm.rochester.edu/100.

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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.

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. Additionally, more than 1,700 members of the Rochester community, from young children through senior citizens, are enrolled in the Eastman Community Music School. 

About the University of Rochester:

The University of Rochester is one of the nation’s leading private research universities, one of only 62-member institutions in the Association of American Universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University gives undergraduates exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College, School of Arts and Sciences, and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and the Memorial Art Gallery.