As GRAMMY Week approaches, Peter Alexander, dean of UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD), appeared on WFMY’s “Good Morning Show” to talk about the significance of having two current students and a recent graduate nominated this year. With Alexander was doctoral student Craig Phillips, nominated with the quartet New York Polyphony for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their latest recording, “Sing Thee Nowell”.

Alexander says the three nominations, remarkable for any music school, represent a “notable high water mark” for SMTD. “This is an incredible moment because it once again confirms the School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s ability to attract exceptionally talented students and then provide those students with the kind of education that catapults them to the top of their professions. The graduates of the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance have an amazing and longstanding record of career success. Some have won Tony Awards or Oscars, others are performing with major orchestras, dance ensembles, theatre companies or on Broadway. Still others are faculty members at major universities or leading prominent arts organizations across the nation.”

Phillips relocated to Greensboro in August. “The excellent reputation of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance and the strength of the voice faculty is what first attracted me to UNCG, but the charm and comfort of Greensboro is what sealed the deal,” he says.

Danny Yancey ’07 M.M.Ed is a finalist for the second annual award for educators who have made lasting contributions to music education. He was nominated by a student.

The Music Educator Award is presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. This year, more than 7,000 nominations came from all 50 states.

Yancey, who starts his doctorate in music education at UNCG in Fall 2015, is music director at Martin Gifted and Talented Magnet School in Raleigh.

Baritone Sidney Outlaw ’04 is a featured artist on “L’Orestie d’Eschyle,” a finalist for Best Opera Recording. Outlaw joined the Metropolitan Opera roster last year as an understudy for Mamoud in “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

Watch the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards live Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, beginning at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.