Boston Conservatory Faculty, Alumni Recognized at the 2017 Grammys

February 28, 2017

Boston Conservatory at Berklee had a big night at the 59th Grammy Awards, with several faculty members and an alumna being recognized for their contributions to a pair of Grammy-winning albums.

Five Boston Conservatory faculty members—Kyle Brightwell (percussion), Ronan Lefkowitz (violin), Robert Sheena (oboe), Thomas Siders (trumpet), and Linda Toote (flute)—performed on the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s live recording Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 and 9, which won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance. The record, which was also nominated in the Best Engineered Album, Classical category, was released on Deutsche Grammophon in May 2016.

Two alumnae—world-renowned Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Victoria Livengood (M.M. '85, voice) and soprano Vanessa Becerra (M.M. ’14, opera)—contributed to the Los Angeles Opera’s recording of The Ghosts Of Versailles, which won the Grammys for Best Opera Recording and Best Engineered Album, Classical.

These wins join the wide variety of genres covered by Berklee College of Music at this year’s ceremony, with faculty and alumni receiving a total of 10 Grammy Awards in categories ranging from jazz to musical theater.