UMass Lowell Music Grad Student Earns Grammy Nominations

Sound recording engineer Jamie Tagg of Nashua, N.H., a graduate student in UMass Lowell’s Music Dept., has been nominated for two Grammy awards for his work on recordings by Seraphic Fire, a Florida-based singing group. Read more about the Syracuse, N.Y, native at

Gabrielle Tinto and Jamie Tagg sometimes would stand shoulder to shoulder, singing their hearts out during Syracuse Children’s Choir rehearsals and performances more than 20 years ago.

Now, Tinto, a soprano, and Tagg, a recording engineer, have been nominated for Grammys as part of the Seraphic Fire choral ensemble.

The Miami-based group was nominated last week for two Grammy awards for its Brahms’ German Requiem in the categories of Best Choral Performance of the Year and Best Producer of the Year (for Peter Rutenberg).

Its “A Seraphic Fire Christmas” is up for Best Small Ensemble Performance. The Grammy nods are the first for the two Central New York natives.