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Chapman music professor Nick Terry wins Grammy Award

Congratulations to Chapman University percussion professor Nick Terry, D.M.A., who won a Grammy Award on Sunday night, Feb. 8!

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Congratulations to Chapman University’s
Nick Terry, D.M.A.
, director of percussion studies in the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, College of Performing Arts, who won a Grammy Award on Sunday night, Feb. 8!  He triumphed as a member of the PARTCH ensemble, which won the Grammy for Best Classical Compendium for their 2014 CD
Harry Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances
on Bridge Records.  The album was also nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

“To be nominated for a Grammy, let alone to win, is a phenomenal honor,” said Dr. Terry.  “For our recording of Harry Partch’s 
Plectra & Percussion Dances
, our team of recording engineers, everyone at Bridge Records, and the musicians of the PARTCH ensemble gave their absolute best.  I hear the passion and talent when I listen to the disc, and I’m beyond thrilled that this record was recognized.”

This CD marks the first recording of a complete performance of composer Harry Partch’s (1901-1974) major cycle in three parts,
Plectra & Percussion Dances
.  It had originally been recorded in 1953, but was missing three movements and a tenor saxophone part, so the 2014 recording restored these.  The 2014 recording also includes a seven-minute spoken introduction by the composer, which was also recorded in 1953 on the occasion of the broadcast premiere of this work.

Mary Platt

Mary Platt is director of the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University

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