Several graduates of the Eastman School of Music, along with Sara Gazarek, Eastman’s newly appointed Associate Professor of Jazz Voice, have received nominations in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.’s 66th GRAMMY Awards:
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
- Third Coast Percussion including Sean Connors ’04E, percussion, Between Breaths
- Roomful Of Teeth including Martha Cluver ’03E, soprano, Rough Magic
- Catalyst Quartet, Uncovered, Vol. 3 includes works by George Walker ’56E (DMA), ’12 (Honorary)
- Anthony McGill & Pacifica Quartet including Brandon Vamos ’92E, cello, American Stories
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
- säje feat. Jacob Collier including Sara Gazarek, Associate Professor of Jazz Voice, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
- Curtis Stewart ’08, ’08E, violin, Of Love
Best Musical Theater Album
- Jason Robert Brown, composer/lyricist/producer, studied at Eastman, Parade
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
- Ben Wendel ’99E, saxophone/composer/arranger, All One
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
- Karim Sulayman ’98E, tenor, Broken Branches
- Julia Bullock ’09E, soprano, Walking In The Dark
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
- The Count Basie Orchestra including Shawn Edmonds ’87E, trumpet; David Glasser ’84E, ’86E (MM), alto saxophone; Isrea Butler ’04E, ’06E (MM), trombone; Basie Swings the Blues
Best Choral Performance
Miró Quartet & Conspirare including Lauren McAllister ’12E, mezzo-soprano, The House Of Belonging
- The Clarion Choir including Kate Maroney ’10E (DMA), mezzo-soprano; Sarah Brailey ’04E, soprano; Fotina Naumenko ’10E, soprano; Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil
Eastman also has several alumni who are members of ensembles that played on nominated albums, including: the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Buffalo and Cleveland Symphonies, the Los Angeles, Louisiana and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
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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.