Alum Lyle Mays and others are recognized at music's biggest event.
The late Lyle Mays, who attended the College of Music in the 1970s, won the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition for Eberhard. Gary Eckert ('92, '21 M.A.) and faculty member Rosana Eckert ('95, '99 M.M.) contributed vocals.
"To me, the piece itself sounds like the incredible arc of his life. It begins and ends meditatively, which is a sound he is known for," Rosana Eckert says. "We recorded the vocals in about a week. It was an unbelievable experience. Life-changing, lots of tears and inspiring moments -- memories that I will treasure forever. I remember the moment in the studio when we took one final listen to the entire thing front to back with our vocals in it. Though it was never spoken, I knew Lyle wasn't well. I just had this feeling that this was the last day I would see Lyle Mays. It was a profoundly moving experience."
Tenor Charlie Kim ('12 M.M.), a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, was part of the recording, Mahler: Symphony No. 8, 'Symphony of a Thousand' that won Best Choral Performance.
Bassist Daniel Foose performed on the Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga album Love For Sale that won for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Foose performed live with Lady Gaga, who gave him a shoutout as he started his solo.