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U Music Faculty Nominated for Grammy

Jan. 14, 2010 – Mezzo-soprano Kirsten Gunlogson has been nominated for a Grammy award in the category of best classical album of 2009 for her performance on the album “Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges” (The Child and the Spells) with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Gunlogson is assistant professor in the University of Utah‘s School of Music and has distinguished herself as an impressive singing actress, having performed with Michigan Opera Theatre, Indianapolis Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Tulsa Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Toledo Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, Sarasota Opera, Fresno Grand Opera, Pine Mountain Music Festival and the AshLawn-Highland Summer Festival.

The winners will be announced at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles.

“It is an honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award,” says Gunlogson. “I feel privileged to be sharing this honor with a wonderful cast of singers put together by the Nashville Opera as well as the members of The Nashville Symphony. Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges is a unique and magical work.”

Raymond Tymas-Jones, dean of the College of Fine Arts, adds, “The College of Fine Arts is very proud of Ms. Gunlogson and her achievements with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. It is a testament to the School of Music as it continues to bring global recognition to the University of Utah.”

Gunlogson’s voice has been described as “rich,” “creamy” and “beautifully dramatic.” She is recognized for her ability to convey both emotion and text and is in high demand as a concert artist.

Gunlogson has performed as an oratorio soloist with The Nashville Symphony, The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, The Johnstown Symphony, The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, Charlottesville Oratorio Society, The Ma’alwyck Sinfonia and The Fairfax Symphony in such works as Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mass in C and Missa Solemnis, Bach’s St. John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, The Messiah, and The Rachmaninoff Vespers.

Gunlogson recently performed at Carnegie Hall as the alto soloist in Mozart Vesperae solennes de Confessore and Haydn’s Theresienmesse, in addition to making her debut with Utah Symphony and Opera as Tessa in The Gondoliers as well as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore.

Gunlogson’s Grammy-nominated performance may be found at

For more information or to arrange an interview with Gunlogson, contact April Waters Goddard at 801-581-7325 or visit: