NEC's 2020 Grammy Nominations

NEC alumni and faculty at NEC have been nominated from jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, chamber music, choral, and classical.

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Congratulations to the New England Conservatory alumni and faculty who have been nominated in the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. The ceremony will be held on January 26, 2020, broadcast live on CBS. (This list is being continually updated.)

* – Indicates subsequent Grammy winner

Miguel Zenón

Nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album


Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O'Donovan

Nominated with their band I'm With Her for Best American Roots Song* and Best American Roots Performance

CALL MY NAME - Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan (NEC alumnae), & Sara Watkins, songwriters (I'm With Her)

Fred Hersch

Nominated for Best Instrumental Composition

BEGIN AGAIN - Fred Hersch (NEC alum and former faculty), composer (Fred Hersch & The WDR Big Band Conducted By Vince Mendoza)

Robert Dillon

Nominated as part of Third Coast Percussion Ensemble for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

PERPETULUM - Third Coast Percussion (Robert Dillon, NEC alum)

Kathryn Schulmeister

Nominated as part of an ensemble for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

THE EDGE OF SILENCE - WORKS FOR VOICE BY GYÖRGY KURTÁG - Susan Narucki (Donald Berman, Curtis Macomber, Kathryn Schulmeister (NEC alum), & Nicholas Tolle)

Tessa Lark

Nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo

TORKE: SKY, CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN - Tessa Lark (NEC alum); David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)

Ryan Stickney

Nominated as part of Houston Chamber Choir for Best Choral Performance* | Contributed to album nominated for Producer of the Year, Classical

DURUFLÉ: COMPLETE CHORAL WORKS - Robert Simpson, conductor (Ken Cowan; Houston Chamber Choir (Ryan Stickney, NEC alum))

Elijah Blaisdell and Maren Brehm

Nominated as part of The Crossing for Best Choral Performance

BOYLE: VOYAGES - Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing (Elijah Blaisdell, Maren Brehm; NEC alums))

Oded Lev-Ari

Nominated as part of Anat Cohen Tentet for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album


Chad Smith

Contributed as executive director of Los Angeles Philharmonic to recording nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition*

SUSTAIN - Andrew Norman, composer (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic (Chad Smith, NEC alum and trustee))

Rick Gabrillo and Nina Revering

Nominated as part of Conspirare for Best Choral Performance

THE HOPE OF LOVING - Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare (Rick Gabrillo, former NEC student; Nina Revering, NEC alum))

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