On January 26, 2014, several Yale School of Music alumni won Grammy awards. Thomas Newman ’77BA, ’78MM won Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for the James Bond film Skyfall, and Brad Wells ’05DMA and his ensemble Roomful of Teeth won Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their self-titled debut album.
Roomful of Teeth is a vocal ensemble founded and directed by Wells, whose members include alumni Estelí Gomez ’08BA, Caroline Shaw ’07MM, Eric Dudley ’03MM, ’04MMA, ’11DMA, Dashon Burton ’11MM, and Virginia Warnken ’13MM. The group performed at the pre-telecast ceremony; the video is online here, with the ensemble's performance at about 1:09.
Roomful of Teeth’s eponymous album features compositions by Rinde Eckert ’75MM, Judd Greenstein ’04MM, Sarah Kirkland Snider ’05MM, ’06AD, and group member Caroline Shaw, who was also nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her piece Partita for 8 Voices. The Roomful of Teeth album received an additional nomination for Best Engineered Album, Classical.
The victorious Yalies join popular acts Daft Punk, Pharrell and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as winners at the 56th Grammy Awards.
Several other Yale and YSM alumni had received Grammy nominations. The vocal quartet New York Polyphony, whose members include Christopher Dylan Herbert ’02BA and Steven Caldicott Wilson ’07MM, was nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their album Times Go by Turns.
In other genres, The National, whose members include Bryce Dessner ’98BA, ’99MM was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for their “Trouble Will Find Me.”
Sean Wilentz ’76MPhil, ’76MA, ’80PhD was nominated for Best Album Notes for his album notes to 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story.