ISM Graduates Win Grammys

February 12, 2015

Continuing what has become an annual tradition, several Yale ISM and YSM alumni took home prizes at the 2015 Grammy Awards. 

On Sunday, February 8, the 2015 GRAMMY® for Best Choral Performance was awarded to Craig Hella Johnson (School of Music, D.M.A. ‘95) as conductor of Conspirare Company of Voices for The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Harmonia Mundi). The album was recorded at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, in February 2013. This recording featured Dann Coakwell (A.D. ‘11) as a singer and soloist, as well as Dashon Burton (M.M. ‘11) and Paul Max Tipton (M.M. ‘10) as chorus members.  

Additionally, The Boston Early Music Festival recording of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs for CPO (Classic Produktion Osnabrück) won a 2015 GRAMMY® Award in the category of Best Opera Recording. The recording featured Douglas Williams (M.M. ‘06) as a member of the BEMF Chamber Ensemble.  

Congratulations to all who were involved with these award winning projects!