Newsletter Spring 2019

A First-Time Nominee Takes Us Behind the Scenes at Grammy Week

Mary Mazurek of cohort ’12 began working for WFMT in 1993. She is currently the engineer for Live From WFMT, The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Broadcasts, and Impromptu. This year she celebrated a milestone achievement, her first Grammy nomination. She recalls the details and excitement of the 2019 Grammy weekend in her story below. From the IDSVA family, congratulations Mary!


By Mary Mazurek | February 20, 2019

My recap of the 61st Grammy Awards is especially exciting because I attended Music’s Biggest Night not only as a member, but also as a nominee! Engineer Bill Maylone and I received a nomination in the category of Best Engineered Album, Classical for Liquid Melancholy: Clarinet Music of James Stephenson released on the Cedille Label and featuring clarinetist John Bruce Yeh, the assistant principal clarinetist at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

It was an exceptionally strong category filled with gorgeously-captured performances. This nomination was my first, so I was the relative newbie in the category, as contrasted with my fellow nominees, who had 60 previous nominations and 35 wins combined. One of these engineers was someone I particularly admired and was hoping to meet — Tim Martyn, who was nominated for his work on Shostakovich: Symphony Nos. 4 & 11. Regardless of the outcome, I was pleased to be in such good company and enjoyed visiting Los Angeles to attend the festivities as a nominee. Here are some of the highlights of my Grammy Week!

Mazurek has written a full recap of her weekend at the Grammys. This article was originally published by WFMT Chicago’s most respected classical music radio here.

A shot of the Staples Center before the Grammys telecast.

A shot of the Staples Center before the Grammys telecast.