6, 2016, the list of this year’s Grammy Award nominations was made public. Under the caption Best Choral Performance was Lloyd: Bonhoeffer — Donald Nally, conductor of the choral ensemble the Crossing
(with instrumentalists John Grecia, Rebecca Harris, Thomas Mesa, and Malavika
(Mika) Godbole, a graduate of the IUP Department of Music and the Cook Honors College).
Godbole graduated from IUP in 2003 receiving the degree Bachelor of Arts. Since leaving Indiana, she has completed her
Doctor of Music Arts at Rutgers University and has secured a teaching position
at York College of Pennsylvania and Westminster Conservatory.
She is a
founding member of the well-respected quartet Mobius Percussion, an ensemble
which seeks to fuse its members’ interest in fresh sounds with
their commitment to high-quality performance and the promotion of new
works by emerging composers. Mobius performed on campus last fall
sharing a concert with the IUP Percussion Ensemble. Godbole also spent time speaking with Honors
College students during her visit.
wound up performing on the CD is interesting. Godbole shares, “This is
the second iteration of the Bonhoeffer
project. The previous version was
premiered by a completely different group of singers. It was still the Crossing, but with a
different roster of instrumentalists. It
even included dancers. I had been in
touch with Donald Nally (musical director of the the Crossing) a few years ago,
way back before Mobius had gained traction.
I wanted to work with him and the Crossing, but I had no Mobius website,
no videos, nothing to show for anything. As time went by, Mobius developed its reputation and list of accomplishments. When the original percussionist on the
project was moving and asked me to play, I naturally moved mountains to make
this opportunity work. I got back in
touch with Donald and sent him our videos to let him know that I hadn’t
forgotten about wanting to work with him. I was glad he remembered me.
wonderful to work with. I really respect and admire him. He’s one of those folks that has a beautiful,
uncanny musical mind and ear, which can also be intimidating in a high-pressure
situation like a recording session. (I
admit my brain stopped working a disproportionate number of times in front of
him!) The coolest thing about this was
that we were able to perform this at the Union Theological Seminary, where
Dietrich Bonhoeffer actually worked! (A German Lutheran pastor, theologian,
and heroic anti-Nazi dissident, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was
imprisoned and eventually murdered by the Nazi regime in the waning days of
World War II.) We recorded it at St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley
outside Philadelphia and then performed it three times the subsequent weekend. I made some very strong bonds with some of the members that will remain with me
for a long time. The producer, Adrian Peacock, has ridiculous ears and made me
sound so good on the recording.”
Grammy ceremony will occur February 12, 2017. It’s certainly a huge honor to receive this nomination, and IUP is
justifiably proud of Mika Godbole and her accomplishments.
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