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Alumni earn Grammy Award nominations

Winners will be announced on Sunday, January 26, 2020
December 13, 2019

Virginia Warnken

Grammy Award nominations were announced on November 20, and several members of the Yale School of Music community made the list. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding musicians.

Composer Andrew Norman ’09AD received a nomination in the “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” category for his orchestral work Sustain. The piece also earned Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic a nomination in the “Best Orchestral Performance” category.

Performances that included two School of Music singers earned nominations in the “Best Opera Recording” category. Mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken ’13MM and the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble were nominated for their recording of Charpentier’s Les arts florissants and Les plaisirs de Versailles. Bass-baritone Andrew Craig Brown ’11MM ’12AD and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project with the Boston Children’s Chorus were nominated for their recording of Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.

A recording of the complete choral works of Maurice Duruflé by the Houston Chamber Choir, conducted by Robert Simpson and featuring organist Ken Cowan ’99MM ’00AD, was nominated in the “Best Choral Performance” category.

Conspirare, under the direction of conductor Craig Hella Johnson ’90MMA ’95DMA, received a nomination in the “Best Choral Performance” category for their recording The Hope of Loving.

Composer Christopher Cerrone’s ’09MM ’10MMA ’14DMA The Pieces That Fall to Earth earned Christopher Rountree & Wild Up a nomination in the “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance” category. In that same category, Third Coast Percussion, whose members include percussionist David Skidmore ’08MM, was nominated for its performance of Perpetulum. The Attacca Quartet was nominated for its performance of Orange by composer Caroline Shaw ’07MM. Orange was also nominated in the “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” category.

Composer Harold Meltzer ’97MMA ’00DMA was nominated in the “Best Classical Compendium” category for a recording of his Songs and Structure, performed by Paul Appleby and Natalia Katyukova.

Composer Julia Wolfe’s ’86MM Fire in my mouth, performed and recorded by Jaap Van Zweden, Francisco J. Núñez, Donald Nally, The Crossing, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and the New York Philharmonic, was nominated in the “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” category. The work also earned engineers Bob Hanlon, Lawrence Rock, and Ian Good a nomination in the “Best Engineered Album, Classical” category.

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