February 3, 2023

This weekend! Celebrating nearly 100 MSM alumni and faculty for their 2023 GRAMMY-nominated work

Congratulations to the many MSM faculty and alumni who are part of 2023 GRAMMY-nominated projects. The prestigious industry awards will be presented on Sunday, February 5.

This year, nearly 100 members of the MSM Community are involved in GRAMMY-nominated work. Fourteen of the nominations in the MSM Community are for individual artists.

Discover the nominees below, and see the full list of 2023 GRAMMY Award nominees here!

*denotes primary artist

Jazz Nominees

  • Ambrose Akinmusire (BM '05)

  • Ron Carter (MM '61, HonDMA '98, retired Jazz Arts faculty)

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“Rounds” (Live)
MSM alumnus Ambrose Akinmusire* (BM ’05), trumpet soloist
Track from: New Standards: Volume 1

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Remembering Bob Freedman
Album by MSM bass faculty and alumnus Ron Carter* (MM ’61, HonDMA ’98, retired Jazz Arts faculty) and The Jazzaar Festival Big Band

Architecture of Storms
Album by MSM alumnus Remy Le Boeuf* (BM ’07, MM ’09) as composer & saxophonist, with: Vito Chiavuzzo (MM ’06), alto saxophone & flute; Natalie Cressman (BM ’13), trombone; Philip Dizack (BM ’07), trumpet; Michael Fahie (MM ’02), trombone; Alex Goodman (MM ’14), guitar & piano; Matthew Holman (MM ’10, DMA ’18), trumpet; Matthew Aronoff (MM ’06), bass; Eric Miller (BM ’12), trombone; Gregory Robbins (BM ’08), conductor;  Joe Saylor (BM ’08), tambourine; and Anna Webber (MM ’10), flute

Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra
Album by MSM alumnus Steven Feifke* (MM ’18) as composer, arranger, & pianist, and Bijon Watson, with Lauren Sevian (BM ’01), baritone saxophone, and Tanya Darby (BM ‘98), trumpet 


  • Pascal Le Boeuf (BM ’07, MM ’10)

  • Miguel Zenón* (MM ’01, Jazz Arts faculty)

Best Instrumental Composition

MSM alumnus Pascal Le Boeuf* (BM ’07, MM ’10), composer & pianist 

“El Pais Invisible”
MSM faculty and alumnus Miguel Zenón* (MM ’01), composer & saxophonist 

Best Arrangement

“Minnesota, WI” by Bon Iver
MSM alumnus Remy Le Boeuf* (BM ’07, MM ’09), arranger 

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

New Standards Vol. 1
MSM alumna Linda May Han Oh* (MM ’08), jazz bass

  • Remy Le Boeuf (BM '07, MM '09)

  • Linda May Han Oh (MM '08)

  • Arturo O'Farrill (PC ’75)

  • Frank Cohen (BM ’11, MM ’13)

Best Latin Jazz Ensemble Album

Fandango at the Wall in New York
Arturo O’Farrill* (PC ’75) as composer, director/conductor, arranger, piano and keyboard, with: Rafi Malkiel (MM ’00), trombone 1; Frank Cohen (BM ’11, MM ’13), trombone 2; Ernesto Villalobos (MM ’02), violin and vocals; Gabriel Chakarji (MM ’22), piano; and Sharon Moe (MM ’66), French horn 

Musica De Las Americas
MSM faculty and alumnus Miguel Zenón* (MM ’01, MSM Jazz Arts faculty) as composer, producer & saxophonist, with Luís Perdomo (BM ’97), piano and Edward Gavitt (current staff), still pictures 

Musical Theater Nominees

  • Joseph Joubert (BM ’79, MM ’81)

  • N'Kenge Pacurar (BM '96)

  • Alysia Velez (BM ’22)

Best Musical Theatre Album

Caroline, or Change
MSM alumni Joseph Joubert (BM ’79, MM ’81), Musical Director/conductor; N’Kenge S. Pacurar (BM ’96) as The Moon; Matt Beck (BM ’94), guitar; Antoine Silverman (PC ’89), contractor, violin, concertmaster; and Kate Spingarn (MM ‘00), cello   

Into the Woods
MSM alumni Alysia Velez (BM ’22) as Rapunzel; Cameron Johnson (MM ’14), understudy; Nuno Antunes (MM ’05), clarinet; David Blinn (BM ‘91), viola; Lisa Stokes-Chin (BM ’96), bass; and John Bell (PC ‘91), associate music director 

MJ The Musical
MSM alumni Brandon Wright (MM ’15), Reed 1; Tony Kadleck (BM ’89), trumpet, flugelhorn; Brian Pareschi (MM ’98), trumpet, flugelhorn; and Wilson Torres (BM ’02, MM ’05), percussion

A Strange Loop
MSM alumnus Chris Reza (MM ’12), Reeds 

Classical Music Nominees

  • Jason Lippmann (BM ’98, MM ’00)

  • Elise Shope-Henry (MM ’11)

Best Orchestral Performance

Dvořák: Symphonies Nos. 7-9
Los Angeles Philharmonic, featuring MSM Alumni: Jason Lippmann (BM ’98, MM ’00), cello, and Elise Shope-Henry (MM ’11), flute

Eastman: Stay On It
Album by Wild Up, with: MSM faculty member Erin Rogers, saxophone; and MSM alumna Isabel Lepanto Gleicher (MM ’16)

Best Opera Recording

Blanchard: Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Terence Blanchard* (Hon DMA ’17, MSM trustee) composer; Briana E. Hunter (MM ’12), Ruby/sinner; Jasmine Muhammad (MM ’12), cast; Nicole Joy Mitchell (MM ’04), cast; Steven White (MM ’17), percussion; Raymond Riccomini (MM ’93), trumpet; Bradley Aikman (MM ’01, PS ’03), double bass; Ruth Bennett (PD ’05), harp substitute; Daniel Krekeler (MM ’04), double bass; Dean LeBlanc (MM ’96), clarinet; Julia Ahyoung Choi (PS ’17), violin; MSM Faculty Shmuel Katz (BM ’98, MM ’00), viola ; Brendan Kane (’07), double bass; Kenneth Floyd (MM ’99), bass voice; Juhwan Lee (MM ’03), tenor voice; and Rosalie G. Sullivan (MM ’02), alto voice

Davis: X – The Life And Times Of Malcolm X
MSM alumna Ronnita N. Miller (MM ’03), as Ella

Best Choral Performance

Verdi: Requiem – The Met Remembers 9/11
MSM alumni Eric Owens (HonDMA ’16), bass-baritone; Steven White (MM ’17), percussion; Raymond Riccomini (MM ’93), trumpet; Bradley Aikman (MM ’01, PS ’03), double bass; Ruth Bennett (PD ’05), harp sub, Daniel Krekeler (MM ’04), double bass; Dean LeBlanc (MM ’96), clarinet; Julia Ahyoung Choi (PS ’17), violin; MSM Faculty Shmuel Katz (BM ’98, MM ’00), viola; Brendan Kane (PD ’07), double bass; Kenneth Floyd (MM ’99), bass voice, Juhwan Lee (MM ’03), tenor voice; Rosalie G. Sullivan (MM ’02), alto voice; Megan L Pachecano (MM ’10), extra voice

  • Terence Blanchard (Hon DMA ’17), MSM trustee

  • Briana E. Hunter (MM ’12)

  • Ronnita N. Miller (MM ’03)

  • Eric Owens (HonDMA ’16)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Musical Remembrances, Neave Trio
MSM alumna Anna Williams (BM ’08), violin

What Is American, PUBLIQuartet
MSM alumna Jannina Norpoth (BM ’03), violin II

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Okpebholo: Lord, How Come Me Here?
MSM alumna J’Nai Bridges (BM ’09), mezzo-soprano

Stranger – Works for Tenor by Nico Muhly
MSM alumni Nicholas Phan (’02), tenor soloist, and Erik Jacobson (MM ’93), conductor

  • Anna Williams (BM ’08)

  • Jannina Norpoth (BM ’03)

  • J'Nai Bridges (BM '09)

  • Nicholas Phan (’02)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

LIgNEouS Suite
Andy Akiho* (MM ’09), composer

Andy Akiho* (MM ’09)

Congratulations to our talented MSM Community, and stay tuned for our announcement of 2023 GRAMMY Winners!

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