Alumnae Aoife O'Donovan, Sarah Jarosz Among NEC 2020 Grammy Winners

Contemporary Improvisation alumnae Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan, two-thirds of the folk band I'm With Her, were honored for Best American Roots Song—and were among several NEC winners and nominees.

I'm With Her performs at the 2020 Grammys

Contemporary Improvisation alumnae Sarah Jarosz '13 & Aoife O'Donovan '03 DP are among the NEC alumni who have won a 2020 Grammy Award. Along with Sara Watkins, they were honored with Best American Roots Song for ”Call My Name,” which was released by their band, I'm With Her, and co-written by the three artists.

I'm With Her also won Duo/Group of the Year at the 2018 Americana Music Honors & Awards. Jarosz previously won Grammys in 2017 for Best American Roots Performance for her song "House of Mercy" and Best Folk Album for Undercurrent. O'Donovan was a guest artist to Yo-Yo Ma's “The Goat Rodeo Sessions," which won a Grammy for Best Folk Album in 2013.

Other NEC community members were honored as well. Alumnus Ryan Stickney '11 is a member of the Houston Chamber Choir, which received the Grammy for Best Choral Performance for Duruflé: Complete Choral Works, alongside conductor Robert Simpson and organist Ken Cowan. And NEC trustee and alumnus Chad Smith '95, '98 MM is the executive director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which performed on the recording of orchestral piece Sustain—for which composer Andrew Norman received the Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Congratulations to all of NEC's Grammy winners and nominees.

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