Grammy Awards Go to Clausen CD
A CD of compositions by Concordia Choir conductor and composer Dr. René Clausen won two Grammy Awards Feb. 10. The winners were announced at the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and on the website www.grammy.com.
“Life and Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen” is a 13-track album recorded by the Kansas City Chorale. The CD won in the categories of Best Engineered Classical Album and Best Choral Performance.
Blanton Alspaugh, producer of the CD, also won Classical Producer of the Year.
Clausen is currently in his 27th year at Concordia College, as artistic director of the award-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts and conductor of the acclaimed Concordia Choir. He is a renowned composer and arranger, having written dozens of commissioned compositions for famed performances and is also a frequent guest conductor, composer and lecturer.
Clausen graduated in 1974 from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and received Master of Music Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana.