Two NKU Faculty Members Nominated for Grammys

The list of Grammy nominations released on Tuesday includes two local names for separate entries in the same category.

Northern Kentucky University's School for the Arts (SOTA) said that two faculty members were among the nominees for the music industry's most prestigious award.

SOTA faculty composer Kurt Sander was nominated in the category of Best Choral Performance for his composition of "The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom", which was released as a two CD set in 2019.

The recording dropped in May on the Reference Recordings label and hit number one on Amazon for new vocal/opera releases shortly after.

The 90-minute work by Sander is one of the first English-language settings of the Eastern Orthodox liturgy and received critical acclaim. 

It features the PaTRAM Institute Singers led by Peter Jermihov.

SOTA faculty member Jason Vest also received a Grammy nod with his group Conspirare in the category of Best Choral Performance for their recording of "The Hope of Living". He also performed on the Vocal Arts Ensemble recording of "Canticle", which was included in producer Blanton Alspaugh's nomination for Classical Producer of the Year.

-Staff report

Photo: Sander (left) and Vest (via NKU)