It was a noteworthy Sunday night for two VCUarts Music alumni who took home GRAMMY Awards.
In the category of Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media, Gordy Haab (B.M. ‘00) and Stephen Barton were the winners for “Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.”
“Everyone here is incredibly proud of what Gordy has achieved,” said Taylor Barnett, director of jazz studies at VCUarts and a former classmate of Haab’s.
Barnett noted that Haab frequently returns to share his experiences in the industry and inspire students to achieve their dreams.
“In light of his recent GRAMMY win, all of Gordy’s former professors and friends from VCU have shared a collective ‘bravo’ and ‘of course’ he did!” Barnett said.
You can watch Haab and Barton react to their win here.
Musician Kevin Newton (B.M. ’16) also earned a GRAMMY as a member of the wind quintet Imani Winds.
In the category of Best Classical Compendium, the winner was the recording Passion for Bach and Coltrane by Jeff Scott. The concert-length oratorio combining elements from classical and jazz music features orator and poet A.B. Spellman, Imani Winds, string quartet Harlem Quartet, and jazz trio Alex Brown, Edward Perez, and Neal Smith.
“Kevin is a shining star in his generation of horn players,” said Patrick Smith, Ph.D., an associate professor of horn who was Newton’s instructor at VCU. “His unquenchable thirst to grow musically and personally made it clear to me that he was destined for great success. His dedication, humility, and genuine kindness were always on display during his time at VCU and are integral components of who he is.”
You can learn more about Imani Winds here.