January 28, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami was well-represented at Sunday’s 56th Annual Grammy Awards with alums bringing home several wins in categories ranging from classical, engineering, jazz and rock.
Brian Losch, B.S. ’08, a recent graduate of the Music Engineering Technology program, garnered a 2014 Grammy Win in the Best Engineered Classical Album category for his work on singer Dawn Upshaw’s Winter Morning Walks (ArtistShare). The album also garnered two wins for both Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Classical Vocal Solo for UM alumna Maria Schneider, who composed and orchestrated the record.
UM Frost alumnus Andrew Scheps, B.M. ’89, was the engineer for a new Black Sabbath’s comeback album, 13 (Vertigo/Republic), which won the Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category, and earned two other nominations in the Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song categories. Scheps earned a 2011 Grammy Award in the Album of the Year category for his engineering work on Adele’s landmark album, 21 (XL Recordings).
Triple UM alumnus, Christopher “Kip” Sullivan, BM ’81, MM ’84, MBA ’86, a partner with Summit Records, also celebrated a Grammy win for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for his work on Randy Brecker’s Night In Calisia (Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic, winners).
The University of Miami also celebrated nominations for Frost Dean Shelly Berg, a Steinway piano artist and critically acclaimed recording artist, composer, arranger and orchestrator, who was nominated for a second Grammy Award in the Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist category for his arrangement of “What a Wonderful World” on Gloria Estefan's The Standards (Sony Masterworks). He was nominated in the same category last year for his arrangement of “Out There” on Lorraine Feather’s release, Tales of the Unusual (Jazzed Media). Berg also arranged, orchestrated and performed on Lorraine Feather’s 2014 Grammy nominated album, Attachments.
Multi-platinum and 7-time Grammy winning international vocal superstar, UM trustee and alumna Gloria Estefan, was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Pop Album category for her critically acclaimed new album, The Standards (Sony Masterworks). Gloria Estefan was also the producer of the project, along with co-producers Emilio Estefan and UM Frost School of Music’s Dean Shelly Berg.
Whether classical, pop, jazz or rock, University of Miami Frost School of Music faculty and alumni were well represented as Grammy Award nominees and winners. Congratulations to all of the 2014 Grammy winners and nominees from the UM Frost School of Music!
About Frost School of Music
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. With over 700 students and 100 faculty, it is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School.
The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings.
The Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology, was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, and Studio Music and Jazz. Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, it is the home of the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.
Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, music theory and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series which brings free music master classes and lectures to the community; and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.
About the University of Miami
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives.
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