HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – The 2019 CD Recording “The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom” written by Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts (NKU SOTA) faculty composer Kurt Sander has been nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award for the category of “Best Choral Performance.” The 2 CD set features the PaTRAM Institute Singers led by conductor Peter Jermihov. The recording was released in May of 2019 on the Reference Recordings label and hit the number one spot on Amazon for new Vocal/Opera releases shortly after its release. The 90-minute work by Sander is one of the first English-language settings of the Eastern Orthodox liturgy and immediately received critical acclaim in such influential magazines as Fanfare and American Record Guide. Sander’s CD joins four other recordings which were nominated in this category for the 2020 Grammy.
Jason Vest, faculty member in the NKU SOTA music program and Assistant Provost at NKU, has been nominated for a Grammy with his group Conspirare for Best Choral Performance for their recording of “The Hope of Loving.” He also performed on the Vocal Arts Ensemble recording of “Canticle” that was included in Blanton Alspaugh’s nomination for Classical Producer of the Year.
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