“This recognition reflects the caliber of a Queens College arts education,” said college president Frank Wu. “Students who enroll in the Aaron Copland School of Music can expect to learn from exceptional faculty who are also real-world successes, an experience that will provide them with a sound musical foundation, as well as the skills needed to succeed with their degree.”
Eric Davis shared in the honors for Best Musical Theater Album, awarded to Jagged Little Pill. He played guitar for the recording. Jagged Little Pill is based on the 1995 Grammy Award-winning album of the same name by Alanis Morrissette.
Arturo O’Farrill, who earned his MA at QC, picked up his seventh Grammy when his Four Questions was chosen as Best Latin Jazz Album.
JoAnn Falletta, another master’s degree recipient from ACSM, collected her second statue this year. She conducted Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Jeshua with the Buffalo Philharmonic, a recording chosen as the Best Choral Performance in the Classical category.
Falletta won her first Grammy two years ago for conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in an album of works by Kenneth Fuchs that was selected as Best Classical Compendium.
“I am so happy and grateful for the three musicians from the Aaron Copland School of Music community who received Grammy Awards for their work in our field,” said Michael Lipsey, chair of the Aaron Copland School of Music. “All three are exceptional talents.”
Since 1980, Queens College faculty and alumni have been nominated for or won over 100 Grammy Awards.