For the fifth consecutive year, Bienen School Director of Choral Organizations Donald Nally and his new-music choir The Crossing have received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Choral Performance. This most recent recognition, for CARTHAGE, marks Nally and The Crossing’s sixth Grammy nomination to date. They have won the Grammy for Best Choral Performance twice—in 2018 for Gavin Bryars’ The Fifth Century and in 2019 for Lansing McLoskey’s Zealot Canticles.

Dover Quartet, Bienen School Quartet-in-Residence since 2015, received its first Grammy nomination for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for The Schumann Quartets.

Third Coast Percussion—with alumni Sean Connors ’06 MMus, Robert Dillon ‘02, Peter Martin ’04 MMus, ’11 DMus, and David Skidmore ’05—received a nomination for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for Fields. That album was also nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical. Third Coast Percussion won a Grammy in 2017 for Steve Reich and was nominated in 2020 for Perpetulum.

Josephine Lee ’07 MMus, vocalist for Ted Hearne’s Place, received a nomination for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance with Steven Bradshaw, Sophia Byrd, Isaiah Robinson, Sol Ruiz, and Ayanna Woods. This is Lee’s first Grammy nomination.

Kellen Pomeranz ‘11, who goes by the name Pom Pom, received a nomination as a co-writer and co-producer on John Legend’s album Bigger Love, nominated for Best R&B Album.

Baritone Stephen Powell ’86 received his first two Grammy nominations this year. His recording American Composers at Play: William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Lori Laitman, John Musto is nominated for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. He also received a nomination for Best Opera Recording as a principal soloist for Dello Joio: The Trial at Rouen with conductor Gil Rose, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera Chorus, and soprano Heather Buck.

The 63rd Grammy Awards will air Sunday, January 31, 2021 on CBS.


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