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Frost School of Music Faculty and Alumni Receive Grammy Nominations

December 14, 2018 | By Sheryl Feuerstein
EastWest Media

(Coral Gables, FL – December 14, 2018)  The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is proud to announce its faculty and alumni who received and/or participated in recordings that received GRAMMY™ nominations. Included in the stellar list are three esteemed faculty members, and five alumni (of which one is a current graduate student).

In commenting Dean Shelton G. Berg stated:  “I couldn’t be more proud of the recognition received today from the Recording Academy for our esteemed Frost School of Music faculty, alumni and even a current graduate student. These professionals truly permeate the highest level of performance, composition, production and business, and to be recognized by their peers with a Grammy Award nomination, is the ultimate acknowledgement. ”

The GRAMMY nominees and nominated recordings are:


John Daversa – Chair/Associate Professor of Studio Music and Jazz

Nominated for three Grammys for American Dreamers Voices of  Hope Music and Freedom with Daca Artists

  • Best Large Jazz Ensemble
  • Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella (Stars and Stripes Forever)
  • Best Improvised Jazz Solo (Don’t Fence Me In)

Dafnis Prieto – Assistant Professor of Practice (Drums) of Studio Music and Jazz

  • Best Latin Jazz Album (Back To The Sunset)

 Craig Morris—Associate Professor of Trumpet/Chamber Music Coach

  • Best Instrumental Classical Performance (Philip Glass: Three Pieces In The Shape of a Square)


Joshua Henry (BM ‘06)

  • Best Musical Theatre Album (Carousel-as one of the principal vocalists)

Raquel Sofia (BM ’09)

  • Best Latin Pop Album (2:00 a.m.)

Carlos Fernando Lopez (BM ’12) and a current graduate composition student

  • Best Latin Pop Album – (Prometo by Pablo Alboran) – production, engineer, programming, arranging and mixing) 

Julio Reyes Copello (MM ’00)

  • Best Latin Pop Album – (Prometo by Pablo Alboran) – production, engineer, programming, arranging and mixing) 

Natalia Ramirez (MU ’17) IN Arts Presenting

  • Best Latin Pop Album – (Prometo by Pablo Alboran) --vocal recording engineer and studio coordinator.

The Wood Brothers – (Jonathan S. Rix / Jano Rix) (BM ’99)

  • Best Americana Album (One Drop Of Truth) 


Lansing McLoskey – Professor of Composition

  • Best Choral Performance (McLoskey: Zealot Canticles)

(the nomination is for the choral performance of Lansing McLoskey’s composition)

 Kenneth D. Fuchs (BM ‘79)

  • Best Classical Compendium

              Fuchs: Piano Concerto 'Spiritualist'; Poems Of Life; Glacier; Rush

(The nomination is for the artist, producer and engineer associated with the recording of Ken Fuch’s composition)



The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be telecast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10, 2019 on the CBS Television Network at 8 PM/ET, 5 PM/PT.


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