Shepherd School alum gets Grammy nod

American record producer Blanton Alspaugh ’87 won the 2012 Grammy Award for producer of the year in the classical music category. The 55th Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles Feb. 10.

Blanton Alspaugh


The Shepherd School of Music alum received the Grammy nod for his production of seven classical music albums, including “Chamber Symphonies,” performed by Gregory Wolynec and the Gateway Chamber Orchestra; “Davis: Río De Sangre,” performed by Joseph Rescigno, Vale Rideout, Ava Pine, John Duykers, Kerry Walsh, Guido LeBron, The Florentine Opera Company and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; “Gjeilo: Northern Lights,” performed by Charles Bruffy and Phoenix Chorale; “In Paradisum,” performed by Brian A. Schmidt and South Dakota Chorale; “Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen,” performed by Charles Bruffy and Kansas City Chorale; “Music for a Time of War,” performed by Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony; and “Musto: The Inspector,” performed by Glen Cortese and Wolf Trap Opera Company.

This is the first Grammy Award for Alspaugh, who has been nominated for 12 Grammys, including four for classical producer of the year.

Alspaugh earned a Master of Music degree from Rice’s Shepherd School. For more information on Alspaugh, visit

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