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Eastman School Grads Win Grammy Awards

Feb 13, 2017

The Silk Road Ensemble

Three Eastman School of Music alumni were winners in Sunday night’s Grammy Awards. 

Shane Shanahan, an '05 grad, is a member of The Silk Road Ensemble, which won the Best World Music Album award for Sing Me Home. The ensemble was founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Third Coast Percussion

Sean Connors, an ’04 grad, is a member of the ensemble Third Coast Percussion, which won the Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance Grammy for the album Steve Reich. Formed in 2005, the ensemble champions new music and has collaborated across a wide range of disciplines with engineers, architects, astronomers, and others.

The O’Connor Band

Geoff Saunders, an ’09 grad, is a double bassist and is a member of the O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor, which won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for Coming Home. The album was at the top of Billboard’s bluegrass album chart for nearly half a year. Also in that bluegrass band is a Webster native, 24 year old Kate Lee.