Special to UM News
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 27, 2014) — The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami was well-represented at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards last week with alumni celebrating wins in categories ranging from classical and engineering to jazz and rock.
Brian Losch, a 2008 graduate of the Music Engineering Technology program, earned a Grammy in the Best Engineered Classical Album category for his work on singer Dawn Upshaw’s Winter Morning Walks (ArtistShare). The album also garnered wins for both Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Classical Vocal Solo for UM alumna Maria Schneider, who composed and orchestrated the record.
Frost alumnus Andrew Scheps, who earned a Bachelor of Music in 1989, was the engineer for Black Sabbath’s comeback album, 13 (Vertigo/Republic), which won the Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category for the track “God is Dead?” The album also was nominated in the Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song categories. In 2011 Scheps won a Grammy for Album of the Year for his engineering work on Adele’s landmark album 21 (XL Recordings).
Triple UM alumnus, Christopher “Kip” Sullivan, a partner with Summit Records who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music and his M.B.A. from the U in the 1980s, celebrated a Grammy win for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for his label’s Night In Calisia by winners Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio, and Kalisz Philharmonic.
The University also earned nominations for Frost Dean Shelly Berg—a Steinway piano artist and critically acclaimed recording artist, composer, arranger, and orchestrator—who was nominated for his second Grammy in the Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist category for “What a Wonderful World” on Gloria Estefan’s The Standards (Sony Masterworks). Berg was nominated in the same category last year for his arrangement of “Out There” on Lorraine Feather’s release, Tales of the Unusual (Jazzed Media). He also arranged, orchestrated, and performed on Lorraine Feather’s 2014 Grammy-nominated album, Attachments.
Estefan, a multi-platinum, seven-time Grammy winning international vocal superstar, was nominated again in the Best Traditional Pop Album category for her critically acclaimed Standards album, which she produced with Berg and her husband, Emilio Estefan. A UM alumna and trustee, Estefan also presented at the awards ceremony, held January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.