Carnegie Mellon University
November 20, 2019

Twenty Carnegie Mellon Faculty, Three Alumni Nominated for GRAMMY Awards

By Dan Fernandez

Dan Fernandez
Pam Wigley
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From classical to country, Carnegie Mellon University was well represented as nearly two dozen faculty members and alumni received nominations for the 2020 GRAMMY Awards. The nomination announcement this morning was co-hosted by Gail King of "CBS This Morning" and multi-GRAMMY Award winner Alicia Keys."

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's recording of "Bruckner Symphony No. 9" was nominated for Best Orchestral Performance, also receiving nominations for best engineered album and producer of the year. Twenty members of the faculty of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music are members of the orchestra and participated in the recording: Christopher Allen, Neal Berntsen, Jeremy Branson, William Caballero, Tatjana Mead Chamis, Rebecca Cherian, Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, Jeffrey Dee, Nancy Goeres, Peter Guild, Micah Howard, Craig Knox, Stephen Kostyniak, Lorna McGhee, David Premo, Michael Rusinek, Peter Sullivan, Gretchen Van Hoesen, Anne Martindale Williams and Christopher Wu. Alumna Claudia Mahave, a 1993 graduate of CMU's School of Music, also plays second violin on the recording.

Alumnus Dan Smyers, who graduated from the Tepper School of Business in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in finance, earned his third and fourth GRAMMY nominations today along with Shay Mooney, for Best Country Duo and Best Country Song as part of Dan + Shay. The duo won the GRAMMY for Best Country Duo in 2019. Smyers is a Pittsburgh-area native.

Gilbert Rose, who graduated from CMU's School of Music with a master's degree in fine arts in 1991, is nominated for Best Opera Recording as conductor and producer of Tobias Picker's opera "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." Rose is the founder and principal conductor of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

The winners will be announced at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. on CBS.