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College of Music Alums Bring Home Grammys

The 63rd annual GRAMMY Awards celebration, held on Sunday, March 14, 2021, included three College of Music alums:

Adam Luebke (Ph.D. ’10) received the Grammy for Best Choral Performance for his recording of Richard Danielpour’s dramatic oratorio, Passion of Yeshua. Dr. Luebke, director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, featured in the recording, is also an Assistant Professor of Voice and Choral Conducting at the State University of New York-Fredonia.

Ryan Speedo Green (M.M. ’10) performed the role of Jake in The Metropolitan Opera’s 2019/20 recording of “Porgy and Bess” which received the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Ryan is currently a soloist with the Houston Grand Opera, Salzburger Festspiele, and The Metropolitan Opera.

The Pacifica Quartet earned the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their album “Contemporary Voices,” featuring Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet, a composition by College of Music alumna Ellen Taaffe Zwillich (B.M. ’60; M.M. ’62). Musical America describes the composition as having “…echoes of Stravinsky and Milhaud laced with a sassy, post-minimalist vibe…” Zwillich is currently the Marie Krafft Distinguished Professor of Composition at the Florida State University College of Music.

See full list of nominees and winners here:

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