Steve Gadd leads list of Eastman School of Music graduates with 2021 GRAMMY nominations


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — There’s always a Rochester connection, especially when “the music biz” is involved. The Eastman School of Music, one of the finest music conservatories in the world, again has a number of artists nominated for GRAMMY Awards.

It’s the 64th GRAMMY Awards, presented National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.’s. Winners will be announced on Monday, January 31, 2022.

Eastman provided a list of nominees:

  • Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Steve Gadd ‘68E, At Blue Note Tokyo
  • Best Instrumental Composition: Tom Nazziola ‘88E, Cat and Mouse  
  • Best Opera Performance: Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites with 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
  • 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
  • Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Dreams of a New DayWill Liverman, baritone; Paul Sanchez ‘09E (MM), 13E (DMA), piano

The school also said that a number of graduates are members of other nominated bands, including the Nashville, San Francisco, and Seattle Symphonies, and the Metropolitan Opera as well as the United States Army Field Band.

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