SFCM Faculty Nominated for GRAMMY Awards

SFCM Grammys

Musicians at SFCM and its partners received multiple nominations for the 65th annual GRAMMY awards.

By Mark Taylor

The so-called “biggest night in music” will once again feature SFCM talent. Nominations for the 65th annual GRAMMY Awards include musical works by SFCM Roots, Jazz and American Music Artistic Director Joshua Redman, Professor of Composition Mason Bates, and Music Director Edwin Outwater

Saxophonist, composer, and instructor Joshua Redman was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album with his work LongGone. Redman has been on SFCM’s faculty since 2020.

Composer and instructor Mason Bates’ album Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making Of The Orchestra was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical. The work features the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Outwater. A film production of the album premiered on Apple TV+ on November 4th and featured nearly a dozen SFCM alumni. 

“So grateful to see Philharmonia Fantastique nominated for a Grammy,” Bates said in a statement. “Our engineers achieved an extraordinary result amidst the most challenging recording environment. In the depths of Covid, we had to record the instrumental families separately, which actually gave us amazing control in the studio later.” 

In addition to SFCM faculty, musicians represented by Opus 3 Artists, the management company acquired by SFCM in 2020, were nominated for seven additional awards including Best Classical Solo Vocal Album, Best Orchestral Performance, and Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.

Pentatone, the label that joined SFCM in 2022, garnered a nomination for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album by Sasha Cooke. Cooke recently visited SFCM for a masterclass in February where she shared her four steps to success.

Meanwhile, another SFCM musician, Sérgio Assad, won a Latin Grammy Thursday at the annual awards for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for his work "Anido's Portrait: I. Chacarera," from his album Legado. Assad, who taught in SFCM's guitar department and has continued to give masterclasses at the Conservatory, is also being celebrated at SFCM with a concert in honor of his 70th birthday.

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on February 5, 2023.