Music professor, alumni nominated for Juno Awards
Terry Clarke, a professor of jazz at the Faculty of Music, has been nominated for a Juno Award, along with six University of Toronto alumni. The Juno Awards, given annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, recognize the artistic and technical achievements of Canadian musicians.
Clarke, a well-know drummer and founding member of the world acclaimed big band, Rob McConnell's Boss Brass, was nominated in the traditional jazz album of the year category for It's About Time. No stranger to the recording studio, Clarke has recorded more than 300 albums and is a familiar face at jazz festivals worldwide.
Two alumni received nominations for vocal or choral performance in the classical album of the year category. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, a Faculty of Music alumna, earned a nomination for the album Adrianne Pieczonka Sings Puccini. Engineering alumna Isabel Bayrakdarian was nominated for Gomidas Songs, an album that also features her husband, pianist Serouj Kradjian, a Faculty of Music graduate.
Joel Quarrington, alumnus and principal double bassist for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, earned a nomination for Garden Scene, in the solo or chamber ensemble classical album category, while Rob Teehan, a composer and tuba player was tapped for Dreams of Flying in the classical composition of the year category.
Finally, alumnus Justin Abedin, the guitarist for jacksoul, earned a nomination along with the band for Lonesome Highway.
This year's awards ceremony will take place April 18 in St. John's Newfoundland.