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West Virginia University music faculty nominated for Grammy

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Lucy Mauro, associate professor of piano and Mark Benincosa, recording engineer and instructor of music technology.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — An album recorded and produced by West Virginia University faculty in the College of Creative Arts has received a nomination for a 2018 Grammy Award in the Best Classical Compendium category.

Lucy Mauro, associate professor of piano, and Mark Benincosa, recording engineer and instructor of music technology, released “Mademoiselle – Première Audience” in March 2017 to document the work of Nadia Boulanger, one of the leading musicians of the 20th century, an influential teacher and gifted pianist and organist whose students included Roy Harris, Quincy Jones and John Eliot Gardiner.

Because Boulanger dismissed her own compositions as useless, many remained almost completely unrecognized until Mauro and Benincosa stepped in.

“We’re thrilled and honored that Boulanger’s beautiful music has been recognized,” Mauro said. “And we’re so grateful for all the support from WVU and the state to make the recording possible.”

Mauro jumpstarted the project by researching scores, gathering funding and practicing to perform on the album. Benincosa took care of technical details like selecting equipment, and creative ones, including devising production techniques.

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