Anthony Dean Griffey receives two Grammy Awards

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Feb. 1, 2010

Wingate, NC – Wingate University graduate Anthony Dean Griffey received two Grammy Awards last night for Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance in Mahler: Symphony No. 8 and Adagio from Symphony No. 10.

Griffey is a tenor who has captured critical and popular acclaim around the world. He is one of the leading soloists of his generation in the symphonic and choral repertoire. He has sung the title role in Britten’s “Peter Grimes” with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, a role he debuted with the Santa Fe Opera in 2005.
Griffey appears regularly with most of the leading orchestras in the US. Internationally, he has sung with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and the NHK Symphony in Japan among others. He was cited in 2005 as one of 12 exceptional singers of distinction by Musical America and has been featured with Andre Previn on A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts.

Following his undergraduate work at Wingate University, Griffey received degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Julliard School. “At Wingate, I was challenged to ‘let my light shine,’ and not to hide the talent that God had given me,” he said.

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery and community service.

Wingate offers 36 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in business, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the doctor of pharmacy and the doctor of education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past three years.