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March 02, 2016

Eastman faculty, alumni win Grammy Awards

Eastman School of Music alumni Maria Schneider ’85E (MM) and Bob Ludwig ’66E, ’01E (MM) were among the winners at the 2016 National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences 58th annual Grammy Award ceremony, along with Nathan Laube, assistant professor of organ, who was a performer on an album awarded the Best Classical Compendium. Trombone player Charles Halloran ’08E was also featured in a recording that won for best regional roots music.

Schneider was honored with two Grammys—one for her album The Thompson Fields, which was awarded Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

Schneider also won for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals, for her work on David Bowie’s “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime),” a track from the album Nothing Has Changed. Schneider and her orchestra have earned 12 Grammy nominations and three Grammy awards.

Ludwig, a mastering engineer, along with engineer Shawn Everett, received a Grammy for Best Engineered Non-Classical Album for their work on Sound & Color, the second studio album by American rock band Alabama Shakes. Ludwig has now won 11 Grammy awards in his extensive career, spanning from his work with Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, and many others to his more recent work with Daft Punk, Beck, and Mumford & Sons.

Laube is a performer on the album Paulus: Three Places of Enlightenment; Veil of Tears and Grand Concerto for Organ & Orchestra. The recording won in the category of Best Classical Compendium. Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers. His creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, including his own virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works, have earned high praise from critics and peers alike.

Halloran won for his performance on the album GoGo Juice by New Orleans-based pianist Jon Cleary. It won a Grammy for best regional roots music album.

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