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“Sleep” drifts teacher into Grammy Award success

June 17, 2013 at 8:03 am UTC

Dr. Brian McLaughlin, a music teacher at West Milford High School North Jersey USA, has been nominated for the Grammy Music Educator award, following his performance of Eric Whitacre’s ‘Sleep’.

 

The performance was so breath-taking, recalls one of his students, that the audience sat silent for nearly 30 seconds – “they didn’t want to break that silence afterward”.

 

Announced during the 55th Grammy Awards in February, the prize seeks to recognize the contributions of music educators nationwide who have had a lasting impact on their students.

 

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About Eric

Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, a distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. His first album as both composer and conductor on Decca/Universal, Light & Gold, won a Grammy® in 2012, reaped unanimous five star reviews and became the no. 1 classical album in the US and UK charts within a week of release... view full bio