Queens College congratulates Arturo O’Farrill, who earned an MA in Jazz Performance in 2004, and Jerry Seinfeld, who earned a BA in Media Studies in 1976, on their 2018 Grammy Award nominations. Queens College has a proud history of recognition by the Recording Academy, with a total of over 100 Grammy Award nominations and more than 30 wins for Queens College faculty and alumni.
Arturo O’Farrill is nominated for Best Instrumental Composition. He graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music, which has been a tremendous source of pride for the Queens College community for decades. Its reputation has brought students and faculty from around the world to Queens College to study, teach, and develop into world-class musicians. In total, Aaron Copland School of Music alumni and faculty have been nominated for more than 60 Grammy Awards over the past 50 years. Some of the notable nominees include the brilliant composer Marvin Hamlisch (12 Grammy Award nominations and four wins) and acclaimed violist Samuel Rhodes (10 Grammy Award nominations and three wins).
Overall, alumni and faculty from Queens College have been nominated for more than 100 Grammy Awards – including Jerry Seinfeld for Best Comedy Album, his third Grammy nomination.
Two additional prominent Queens College alumni, Paul Simon and Carole King, attended Queens College and earned an additional 43 Grammy Award nominations (winning 20).
Finally, Queens College alumnus Mark Carpentieri, owner of M.C. Records, released the album “Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train” by Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi, which is nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
As we continue to celebrate our 80th anniversary as an institution of higher education, we congratulate our distinguished faculty and alumni for these exemplary achievements which will inspire current and future students for years to come. Their successes again demonstrate that Queens College prepares its students to build for their futures and excel in the most internationally competitive fields. Good luck to this year’s Queens College Grammy Award nominees, and to our students we say “ Keep reaching for the stars!”.