Several Bienen School of Music artists are among the 2024 Grammy Award nominees.
The Crossing, led by Bienen School professor emeritus Donald Nally, received its ninth Grammy nomination to date in the category of best choral performance, recognizing the album Carols After A Plague. Nally and The Crossing have received nine total Grammy nominations in the best choral performance category over eight consecutive years. Previous wins include Born (2023), Zealot Canticles (2019), and The Fifth Century (2018).
Carols After a Plague features 12 commissioned works, including a carol called love by alumnus LJ White ’17 DMA. Kevin Vondrak ’17 MMus served as assistant conductor and co-producer on the album and Henry Koch ’19, ’20 MA served as assistant recording engineer. Alumni performers included Micah Dingler ’09 MMus, Dimitri German ’16 MMus, Michael Jones ’14 MMus, Lauren Kelly ’19 MMus, Kyle Sackett ’15 MMus, Tiana Sorenson ’19 MMus, and Elisa Sutherland ’12, ’14 MMus.
Third Coast Percussion—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 Between Breaths. The ensemble previously won that category in 2017 for Steve Reich and also received nominations for Archetypes (2022), Fields (2021), and Perpetulum (2020).
Alumnus Tim Weiss ’90, conductor of the album of Missy Mazzoli works Dark With Excessive Bright, received a nomination for best classical compendium. Weiss led Norway’s Arctic Philharmonic in four works on the recording. For six seasons, he served as artistic director of the Arctic Philharmonic Sinfonietta and he continues to be a regular guest. He is currently on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
The 66th Grammy Awards will air Sunday, February 4, 2024.