MANSFIELD, PA— Two recordings by the Mansfield University Concert Wind Ensemble (CWE), Malachi: A Celebration of A Special Life and Critical Speed: The Music of Greg Danner, Vol II, have made the Grammy Nomination Eligible List.
Adam Brennan, professor of Music and CWE director, has received that notification from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).
This is the second step in the four tiered Grammy process. The next step is for Grammy members to vote for the CDs for a Grammy nomination.
“I am deeply honored that the Mansfield University Concert Wind Ensemble has been recognized for their outstanding performance and that my own composition was deemed eligible for consideration for a nomination,” Brennan said.
The Ensemble’s recording of Malachi: A Celebration of A Special Life, written by Brennan, has been added to the Grammy eligible list in the categories of: Album of the Year, Best Orchestral Performance and Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
Brennan wrote the work to honor a local family, Shelly and Paul Showers, their children, and especially their adopted special needs son, Malachi.
Also, the CWE’s recording of Critical Speed:The Music of Greg Danner, Vol II is also eligible for Grammy Nomination in the categories of: Album of the Year, Best Engineered Album-Classical, Producer of the Year-Classical- Mark J. Morette and Best Orchestral Performance.
. “I am thankful to Mark Custom Recording and Mark J, Morrett for his support,” Brennan said. “The next step narrows all of the eligible works to a list of five or six nominees and then the final step is where only one will win the Grammy.”
“This is something to celebrate for our students,” he added. “Not many universities can show this level of accomplishment and acknowledgment.Our students do great things, and I am humbled and honored to serve them as their director.”
Grammy nominations will be announced in December.