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February 09, 2016

Eastman musicians earn Grammy nominations

man playing a lute
Paul O’Dette (pictured), professor of lute, and Stephen Stubbes, are the conductors on the album Steffani: Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, which is nominated for Best Opera Recording.

Nominees for the 58th annual Grammy Awards include Eastman School of Music faculty members Paul O’Dette, professor of lute; Nathan Laube, assistant professor of organ; and Dave Rivello, assistant professor of jazz studies. Also nominated are Bob Ludwig ’66E, ’01E (MM), Maria Schneider ’85E (MM), John Fedchock ’85E (MM), Kristian Bezuidenhout ’01E, ’04E (MM), Martha Cluver ’03E, and Eric Dudley ’01E. Winners will be announced February 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

O’Dette and Stephen Stubbes, who serve jointly as artistic directors of the Boston Early Music Festival, are the conductors on the album Steffani: Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, which is nominated for Best Opera Recording. Earlier this year, the recording won the Echo Klassik and Diapason d’Or de l’année awards.

Laube is a performer on the album Paulus: Three Places of Enlightemnent; Veil of Tears; Grand Concerto for Organ & Orchestra. The recording is nominated in the category of Best Classical Compendium.

Rivello is the producer on the recording Lines of Color by the Gil Evans Project, which was nominated in the category of Best Large Jazz Ensemble. Schneider also is nominated in that category.
Ludwig is the mastering engineer on Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes, which is up for Album of the Year. The recording also got a Grammy nod for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Ludwig received his bachelor’s in music education in 1966 and was awarded a master’s degree in trumpet in 2001.

Schneider’s album The Thompson Fields is up for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Schneider, who earned her master’s degree at Eastman in 1985, is also nominated for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals, for her arrangement of David Bowie’s “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime),” a track from the album Nothing Has Changed.

Bezuidenhout also received two nominations, in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category for Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 7, and in the Best Classical Solo Vocal Album category for Beethoven: An Die Ferne Geliebte; Haydn: English Songs; Mozart: Masonic Cantata. Bezuidenhout earned his bachelor’s degree in 2001 and his master’s degree in 2004.

Fedchock is up for a Grammy for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, for “You and the Night and the Music,” a track from the album Like It Is. He received his master’s degree at Eastman in 1985. 

Cluver and Dudley are members of the vocal group Roomful of Teeth, which is nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for its recording Render. Cluver received her bachelor’s degree in 2003, and Dudley received his bachelor’s degree in 2001.

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