December 4, 2009

NEC Musicians Reap Grammy Nominations in Classical, Jazz, Country Categories

New England Conservatory faculty, students, alumni and partners were honored with Grammy Nominations announced December 2 in Los Angeles.  The Awards will be presented January 31 in a live telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The following is a rundown of the nominated NEC artists and the categories in which they were recognized:

Sarah JaroszCategory 40

Best Country Instrumental Performance

Mansinneedof from the album Song Up in Her Head
Sarah Jarosz ’13 B.M.
Jarosz is a freshman studying with Dominique Eade and Hankus Netsky.  She appeared on this season's opening show of Prairie Home Companion and was featured in O, the Oprah Winfrey Magazine.

Category 44

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Sounding Point
Julian Lage

The Julian Lage Group includes several NEC alumni including Tupac Mantilla, Aristides Rivas, Jorge Roeder, and Ben Roseth.

Category 45

Best Jazz Vocal Album

So in Love
Roberta Gambarini
Gambarini participated in the A.D. program in the 1990s - did not complete.

Luciana Souza ’94 M.M.

Miguel ZenonCategory 46

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Villa Palmeras from the album Esta plena
Miguel Zenón, saxophonist, of the NEC faculty

Category 49

Best Latin Jazz Album

Esta Plena
Miguel Zenón, saxophonist, of the NEC faculty


Ben conductingCategory 98

Best Orchestral Performance

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Benjamin Zander, conductor, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Zander is conductor of NEC’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and is a chamber music coach and regular guest conductor in the College. He has served on the NEC faculty for more than 40 years.

Category 101

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
(Award goes to the soloist and to the conductor.)

Derek Bermel: Voices for solo clarinet and orchestra
Gil Rose, conductor; Derek Bermel, soloist (Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
BMOP is NEC’s affiliate orchestra for new music.

Category 102

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
(Award to the instrumental soloist )

Caroline Goulding
Caroline Goulding, violin
Pianist Christopher O’Riley ’91 A.D. is pianist on this album.

Category 103

Best Chamber Music Performance

Ginastera: Complete String Quartets
Enso Quartet with soprano Lucy Shelton ’68 M.M.

OscarCategory 107

Best Classical Crossover Album

Paquito D’Rivera Quintet
Members of the Quintet include Oscar Stagnaro of the faculty



For further information and videos of the nominated artists, check the NEC Website or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122.  NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 106-year old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory