Four alumni from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music have been nominated for 2022 Grammy Awards.
Audio engineering star Laura Sisk picked up two more nominations this year, bringing her career total to six, with two wins.
Sisk’s work on Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” release earned her a nod in the Album of the Year category, a familiar experience for the duo. Sisk is also up for her engineering work on “Daddy’s Home” by St. Vincent, which vies for Best Alternative Music Album.
During a break in her tour with the band Bleachers, Sisk visited the Jacobs School in early November to present a master class on pop vocal production.
Another Jacobs alumna whose career has skyrocketed, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is nominated for her work on “Unexpected Shadows” with pianist Jake Heggie. The release is competing for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.
Renowned trumpeter and flugelhornist Randy Brecker is vying for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album with “Double Dealin’,” also featuring saxophonist Eric Marienthal.
Brecker performed at Bloomington’s B’Town Jazz Fest in September and presented a clinic for Jacobs School and Bloomington High School North jazz students during the visit to his alma mater.
With Jacobs degrees in both orchestral conducting and piano performance, Karen Kamensek’s conducting of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” earned her a nomination for Best Opera Recording.
Also appearing on the album are Jacobs alumnus Milan Milisavlavic, concertmaster, and faculty member Denson Paul Pollard, bass trombone.
Kamensek made her Metropolitan Opera debut in November 2019 with “Akhnaten” and is only the second female conductor to be featured on the “Metropolitan Opera Live in HD” series, with the same production.
The Recording Academy will present the 64th Annual Grammy Awards live from Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Offering more than 1,100 performances annually, including five operas, three ballets and a musical, the IU Jacobs School of Music plays a leading role in educating performers, scholars, composers, music educators and audio engineers around the globe. Its 170-plus full-time faculty members include performers, scholars and teachers of international renown.